What Is A Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint is a measure of how much carbon gas is emitted into the environment. Studies show that these types of carbon emissions have a potentially negative impact on the environment, contributing to global warming and climate change.
Most of us would like to do the right thing for the environment.
Here are 10 ways you can lower your carbon footprint:
- For starters, use the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick to compare your home’s energy efficiency and get recommendations for energy-saving home improvements.
- Add insulation. Additional insulation is one of the top ways to make a home more energy efficient, as it protects against air loss and saves money on utility bills.
- Replace your windows with double-pain, low-E glass. This is an expensive upgrade, but over time saves a considerable amount in energy costs.
- Use energy-efficient appliances. Newer, more modern appliances are designed with efficiency to lessen harmful effects on the environment. If your appliances are more than ten years old, consider upgrading to Energy Star rated models.
- Change your driving habits. Cars are one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions. Carpool, bicycle, walk, and learn to consolidate your errands so that you are behind the wheel less often.
- Eat less beef. Raising cattle is a costly venture and cattle produce a lot of methane gas. Land is cleared of trees to create grazing land for cattle, and trees are important in reducing greenhouse gas.
- Look for ways to conserve water. Install a low-flow showerhead. In your yard or garden, incorporate landscape designs that minimize water consumption. Be more mindful of every time you turn on a tap, and don’t allow it to run longer than necessary.
- Buy and shop locally. Purchase products that have minimal packaging.
- Unplug unused appliances that could be drawing a current even when not in use. Replace standard light bulbs and use compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs instead.
- Recycle and re-use, everything from shopping bags to scrap lumber.
It really isn’t difficult to make a few choices to have a more energy efficient, eco-friendly lifestyle. By living green, you will feel better, live more comfortably, and be doing the right thing for the environment.