Every day we use energy to perform our daily activities. When you cook, you burn fuel to produce heat. When you want to cool the place, you use electricity to power your air conditioning. The same goes for using washing machines. You use electricity to make it work so that you can wash your clothes conveniently. Thanks to the latest technology, more and more devices are created to make life easier. With electricity around, you hardly do anything to get the job done. You just simply power it up and on you go to perform other chores. You can hang your feet up on a chair while the machine finishes the work for you.
The latest technology really has found some way to improve human living through the use of various machines. Although packed with advantages, constant use and heavy dependence on this technology has lead to the degradation of the environment. One of the scariest effects is the buildup of green house gases in the atmosphere. And this has contributed to the phenomenon called global warming.
Simple activities like cooking, washing, bathing with warm water, surfing the net and watching televisions can result to the emission of greenhouse gases. Not to make your daily activities sound too dangerous for the environment; however, with billions of people in the earth, all of which are using energy to support their daily activities, it is possible to increase the buildup of green house gases. As a result, it also accelerates global warming.
That is why it is important to reduce your carbon footprint. Carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide emitted from your home. This is measured by a GHG emission assessment.
Reducing Carbon Footprint
To reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emission at your home, all you have to do is to decrease your energy consumption. Here are some tips:
Switch your incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs.
Properly insulate your homes to prevent air leakage. Follow EPA guidelines for proper insulation techniques.
Change old appliances to the latest invention. Make sure they are certified energy efficient. In doing so, you may want to buy an appliance with energy star rating.
Unplug appliances when not in use to avoid phantom loads. Phantom load happens when an appliance that is turned off draws small amount of electricity.
Cool your place optimally. Do this by using thermostat. When the place is cold enough, lower down the temperature or perhaps use an electric fan to circulate cold air.
Aside from cutting electricity consumption, you may also want to go organic. Patronizing local goods help save fuel. Since these items are locally grown or produced, there is no need for using too much fuel to get them on store shelves.
You can also be careful on what you buy. The packaging used or even the kind of shopping bags provided can contribute to increasing carbon footprint. Hence, it is advisable to purchase items that are loosely sold or packaged other than plastics. You may also want to bring your own grocery bag or put them in brown paper bags.
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