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Tips on Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Home

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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
An effort to lessen the carbon footprint of your home will surely make a difference in helping the environment. In these days of economic downturn, you can reduce power consumption and reduce emissions. Your little ways could protect nature and preserve it for the next generation to enjoy. In this article, you can find some simple tips in lessening the carbon footprint of your home.
Not many people could afford solar panels or a new hybrid car. Nevertheless, there are simple, constructive means to reduce the carbon footprint without spending much. Your daily actions and choices can spell a big difference.

  1. Purchase local or organic food. There is a good chance that the food was grown in an eco-friendly system and because it is grown locally, it did not travel far. Try dining at restaurants that serve locally produced or seasonal foods.

  2. Look for a store or a cooperative that keeps minimum packaging. It is best to purchase loose tomatoes than those boxed or wrapped in plastic. When you shop, bring along a reusable bag to the grocery. In resources, plastic is better than paper, but a reusable cloth tote bag is better off.

  3. Bottled water contributes a big carbon footprint. Try to use a water bottle or a reusable canteen. Many restaurants are now using house infiltration systems that make tap water a better choice. While most water bottles are recycled, many are not, therefore creating a bigger footprint in the environment.

  4. Energy-proof your home without the major upgrades. You can perform simple things like properly closing the windows and ensure that the attic is properly insulated. This will help you save on your monthly bill. Keep your heating and cooling systems maintained properly and if it is possible, switch to using reusable filters. Replace your incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent ones. Compact fluorescent bulbs uses about seventy-five percent less energy than normal bulbs and lasts long.

  5. In landscaping, make use of native plants. They grow better in a familiar environment and travel a short distance because you can purchase them in your nearby local nursery. Using organic soil is better since it uses eco-friendly methods and uses lesser resources. Plant something, anything green offsets carbon and helps the environment.

  6. Practice window-shopping before you buy. This will ensure that you only buy the things you need. Bear in mind that each item in a store, no matter how small, has a footprint. If you are a conscious consumer, you could help lessen the carbon footprint on the country as a whole.

  7. Switch water heaters to vacation mode when you are away for several days. While the away mode still keeps the water warm, it will not be able to use more energy to keep a tank of piping-hot water.

  8. Make it a point to unplug all appliances that you do not often use. Most electronics have a standby mode that siphons energy when not in use. Stereos, chargers, laptops, televisions among others should be unplugged when not in use. Try using a power strip for your electronic items.

  9. You can do your laundry by using cold water on clothes that could be cleaned without using hot or warm water. Use cold water in your washer. Remember that heating water uses up a lot of energy.

  10. Try practicing the three Rís: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Practice buying less and reusing or fixing things instead of buying. Recycling is as easy as one-two-three if you are determined.

Start saving the environment today! Apply these helpful tips daily to protect nature and save on your utility bills as well.
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