10 Practical Steps to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
If you want to live more efficiently, then you must try even in your simplest ways to make a difference and reduce your carbon footprint. Focus on saving energy, which will later on reward your efforts with cost savings.
You can get started with 10 easy tips you can develop into your lifestyle practice below.
1. Support eco-friendly products.
Due to the ongoing fight against global warming and promoting the need to reduce your carbon footprint, there is both an increase in the number of people who either sell or buy eco-friendly products. Nowadays, almost every item you need has an eco-friendly alternative to make choosing much easier for you.
2. Choose your packaging wisely.
This is very important when you go out shopping. Choose reusable bags over disposable ones. If it is not readily available in your local grocer or supermarket, make sure you bring one yourself.
3. Produce your own chemical-free home cleaners.
Instead of buying conventional cleaning supplies off the store, why not make an easy, effective, and chemical-free alternative at home? All you need are the following ingredients: water, oil, soda, and essential oils. This solution is safer for the environment due to the lack of substances that can destroy the ozone layer, and much healthier for your family to inhale in (referring to the indoor quality and scent).
4. Turn off any appliance not in use.
This is your simplest contribution to reducing carbon footprint. In addition, you can get an added benefit on cutting down on your utility bills, if you managed to observe this regularly. Whenever you have finished using an appliance, make sure to always turn it off. If every home in the US observes this, approximately one-fifth of GHG emissions will be reduced.
5. Never buy paper towels.
Washable towels cost only around $20 and are safer to use since they are often made from natural fibers. You can use them for various purposes such as drying your hands, basic cleaning jobs, and dinner napkins instead of disposable napkins that add up to the total waste in the environment.
6. Dry your clothes in a line.
Conventional dryers cost a hefty amount to operate on a yearly basis. Hence, if you have a space in your backyward wherein you can line-dry your clothes, then buying an expensive dryer is impractical. It eats up more energy than any other appliances at home, except maybe for refrigerator, which is something that you cannot do without at home.
7. Reduce meat in your diet.
Steaks cost comparably more than a tofu does. In addition, experts also believe that you can reduce carbon emissions by eating vegetables than when you continue eating steak, or all types of dishes with meat.
8. Filter water instead of buying bottled ones.
The reason here is obvious since the former is a one-time payment and the latter will cost you more in the long run.
9. Plant organically in your garden.
10. Switch to energy-efficient home appliances.
This is the simplest step you can take to reduce carbon footprint, especially when it comes to your use of home electronic appliances.
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