Reducing Your Home’s Carbon Footprint

The environment is in serious need of your help!

Reduced carbon emissions result in a better, safer and longer-lasting Earth. There are several changes that each of us can make in our daily lives that can result in a better environment and contribute to the Earth’s lifespan.

The objective is to keep our carbon impact as small as possible. Unfortunately, the things and services we consume contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Methane, fluorinated gases, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and other gases trap heat in the atmosphere, resulting in global warming.

Housing, transportation and food account for most of our carbon footprint as people.

When it comes to transitions and making positive changes, even subtle movements forward may have a significant effect. When we all donate a little, we can make a big impact!

So, here are some ideas for reducing your carbon footprint at home.

A damper will help to seal your chimney

This will allow you to keep the heat in for the summer and out for the winter.

When possible, use natural light

You may also use LED lightbulbs instead of incandescent lights. They are extremely energy efficient, utilizing up to 90% less energy than standard lightbulbs. Also, remember to switch off lights when they are not in use.

Dishwasher “heated dry” should be turned off

Air drying is also an option.

When doing laundry, utilize the cold-water option if at all feasible

Heating water uses around 75% of the energy required to finish a load of wash. Using cold water reduces the amount of strain on your electrical system.

When you’re not using your appliances, unplug them

While you’re at work, school or any other everyday responsibilities, there’s no need to leave that phone charger connected to the power socket all day.

Shade should be provided for your windows

This will reduce the work your air conditioning unit would need to do during the warmer months. Open your blinds during the cooler months and let the sun assist with heating your home!

Heat-generating items should be kept away from the thermostat

Placing lights, TVs or other heat-generating items near the thermostat can make your air conditioner work harder.

Replace single-pane windows with double-paned windows

In the winter, this will keep the cold air out, and in the summer, it will keep the hot air out. Lower heating and cooling expenditures as well as a more pleasant house!

Finally, but certainly not least, think about buying solar power!

Solar energy is environmentally friendly and does not contribute to global warming. Solar panels in your home will benefit the environment while lowering or eliminating your utility cost! A solar inverter converts solar energy into usable electricity for your home. Solar energy is a renewable energy source that can be used anywhere. Solar energy, unlike other types of energy, will never run out.

These are just a few instances of how we can all work together to make the world a better and cleaner place. We’ll be well on our way to improvement if every one of us can commit to even one tiny step to reduce our carbon impact!

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