How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
41 everyday ways how to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier planet!
1. Reduce. Avoid unnecessary consumption. Do you boil enough water for 6 cups when you only want one?
2. Reuse. Buy items that are reusable and reuse them. Before you throw it away ask yourself, can I reuse this wrapping paper?
3. Recycle. Recycling reduces landfill and saves resources.
4. Ditch laundry power and liquid! They are so yesterday! Buy a new Miracle Wash Laundry Ball the new environmental alternative to harsh chemical detergants. This Miracle Wash Laundry Ball will save you money on your water bill and, water and reduce your carbon footprint. www.laundryball.com.au
5. Power shower! Shower under 4 minutes! If you are showering 10 minutes you are wasting enough water to fill a pool in a course of a year! You can save more than 16,000 liters of water, $90 on the water bill and $150 on gas.
6. Stem the flow. Use innovative tap and shower fittings that can cut the flow of water by more than half. This will save you money on your bills and reduce your carbon footprint!
7. Don’t flush it all away! A single flush toilet can use up to 12 litres in one flush! Reduce your flush’s!
8. Wash your dishes! Instead of using a dishwasher which can use more than 40 liters of water per cycle! Fill the sink and wash your dishes using one sink of water.
9. Go solar! Use the suns rays to heat your water, its free, it will provide most of your households hot water needs and it reduces your carbon footprint!
10. Go Photovoltaic! Though it is initially expensive to set up, a photovoltaic system will generate enough power for 30 years and pay itself off after about 8!
11. Get cosy! Minimise your heater use and use insulation material made form jute, glass wool or recycled paper to keep you warm. Home heating and cooling is responsible for 11 per cent of household greenhouse gas emissions.
12. Seal the cracks! Use inexpensive seals to plug cracks and gaps, fitting dampeners to fireplaces and blocking unnecessary vents. This will reduce your heating and cooling usage.
13. Join the fan club! Use fans instead of air conditioning!
14. Make the most of the day! Use natural light, open your curtains, have a sky light inserted in your roof, this will save you electricity usage!
15. Have a light touch! Often the lighting is unnecessary. Turn them off if you are not in the room using them. This will reduce your electricity bill and carbon footprint! Dimmer the lamps also helps. And it is a myth that turning lights on and off uses more electricity than leaving them on.
16. Use bright ideas! Use incandescent light bulbs.
17. Blow off the heater. Natural gas and reverse-cycle air conditioners are better alternatives then radiators and electric bar heaters and fan heaters. Better still invite some friends over, body heat!
18. Warm yourself and not the environment. One of the earliest – and still most efficient – forms of insulation invented was clothing! Snuggle in a jumper and thick socks or try jumping up and down for a minute to warm yourself! Temperature variations are a natural part of life and a fit and healthy body should be comfortable enough without excessive artificial heating or cooling.
19. Step up to the line! Choose the natural solution when drying out your clothes, hang them on the clothes line! If you don’t have a clothes line, choose a solar clothes dryer.
20. Cold wash! Select cold water cycle on your washing machine to wash your clothes. Using hot water generates five times more in greenhouse gas.
21. Cool it! Maximise your fridge’s efficiency by making sure the seals work and position it in a cool spot. Freezers should be set 15 to 18 degrees below 0 and fresh food compartments set to 4 degrees. Every one degree lower increases energy consumption.
22. Don’t cook up a storm! Cook efficiently, reuse hot water, put lids on pots, have dishes simmer rather than boil and don’t worry about preheating the oven!
23. Get drastic on plastic! Plastic is difficult to dispose of and ruins our environment. Choose furnishings and household items that will last and can be recycled.
24. Soft furnishings. Look for natural furnishings that have been or can be recycled, tables made from reclaimed timber, organic cotton curtains, beeswax candles, bamboo, hemp bedding or jute flooring.
25. Detox your home! Household chemicals are toxic for the environment. Chemicals like paints, aerosol cans, furniture polish, glues, oils, nail polish remover and battery acid.
26. In the can. Use organic and toxin-free brands of paints and natural wood oils for timber floors.
27. Go with the grain. Wood is a perfect renewable and sustainable resource! Just make sure your wood is coming from a forest managed according to internationally agreed social and environmental standards.
28. Build, don’t destroy. Use recycled bricks, windows, roof tiles, door floorings, windows, doors, fireplaces, and fittings in your home!
29. Curtain call. Use glass technology and heavy lined curtains to keep your house cool to prevent you from using air conditioning!
30. Get glazed! Get double glazed windows, this will keep the heat in, in winter.
31. Turn it off! Turn off your tv, dvd player, electronic appliances at the power point. Having it on actually uses electricity, costs you money and increases your carbon footprint. So turn them off when you’re not using them, and when you go to sleep at night.
32. Switch to renewables!
33. Go native! Save water and go for native plants. Foreign plants will guzzle water. Native plants will not only attract birds and butterflies but save the time and expense of daily watering.
34. Layer! In natural bushland there are five main layers of vegetation in which different animals live. Try to replicate this in your garden with a combination of tall trees, smaller trees and tall shrubs, groundcover grasses and a little layer of leaf matter, fallen branches, logs and rocks. This is greater bio0diversity, lowers your gardens water consumption and lowers your water bills!
35. Cover up. Cover up your lawn and put mulch around your plants and lawn to cut the amount of water lost through evaporation by 70%.
36. Go green! Plant trees around your home and use plants inside your home. Plants not only lower greenhouse emissions and provide habitats for wildlife, they can also lower home energy costs by keeping your place cool.
37. Go grey water system! Use recycled water for the toilets and garden from basins, showers, washing machines and the kitchen sink using grey water recycling systems. Only about half of the water used by the average household needs to be crystal clear drinking water.
38. Think tank! Get a water tank at your place that can catch the water that falls on your roof and use this water for the garden, to fill the pool, for flushing toilets, doing the laundry, showering or even drinking. This will lower your demand on water supply.
39. Bring the birds! Make for easier gardening, lower insect population and easier gardening by bringing birds to your garden. They also provide colour, movement, sound and useful fertilisation and pest control services.
40. Make a clean sweep. Eliminate all petrol-powered mowers, blowers, snipers and trimmers which would cut as much air pollution as taking a quarter of the nations vehicles off the road!!
41. Grow your own fruit and veggies! This is fun, will lower your grocery bills and carbon emissions and makes for better eating. The further your food travels to reach your plate, the greater the energy and associated greenhouse emissions.
Less is best..........................by Liana Werner-Gray
Plant a tree!Trees help to clean the atmosphere by extracting carbon dioxide from it and turning it into wood. And trees are objects of beauty.
Reduce your water consumption.
Resisting the temptation to open the over door to check on progress. Every time you do so, up to 25% of the heat escapes.
Growing your own chamomile or mint for herbal tea rather than always using factory made tea bags.
Eating locally and seasonally can cut your carbon footprint by as much as 600-700kg a year and will save you money too.
Registering with a mail preference service, putting a 'no junk mail' signs on your letterbox and always ticking the 'don't pass on my address' box when filling out applications can cut the amount of unsolicited mail you receive by 14kg.
Using cloth or biodegradable nappies. Disposable nappies take up to 500 years to decompose, and it takes a cup of crude oil to produce the plastic for just one nappy - around 8 barrels of oil per child.
Making your next computer a laptop. You'll consume up to 90% less energy than a desktop computer.
Switching your screensaver setting to none or blank screen. Screensavers end up susing mroe energy than not having one.
Slowing down your driving. Faster driving uses more fuel, so try to exert gentle pressure on the accelerator and keep speeds down to maximise you mpg.
Unplugging your mobile phone charge when it's not in use. Even if nothing's attached, many chargers still use energy (if it feels warm, it's using electricty).
Dry clothes on a clothes line instead of in a dryer. Whether electric or gas, less use of any energy to heat air to dry your laundry is less energy consumed. Certainly don't dry towels, as they contain a lot of water, and naturally dry by design.
Wash clothes with cold water, hang dry your laundry rather than putting it in the dryer when it's warm outside. Clean the lint filter in the dryer every time.
Replace any incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) or Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Fluorescent light bulbs are more expensive, but replacing just one incandescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide and, because it lasts eight to 15 times longer than an incandescent bulb, save approximately US$30 over the course of its lifetime. CFLs contain small amounts of mercury and as such must be handled as hazardous waste when discarding. Some cities have hazardous waste pick up programs and companies such as Home Depot accept inactive CFLs bulbs for safe disposal. LED lights are highly efficient and are able to reproduce the soft light of incandescents. They also contain no mercury and last six times longer than CFLs.
Turn off your lights when they aren’t being used, even when you leave a room for a short period of time.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones, although washing cloth napkins uses water too.
Turn off your computer when you're not using it.
Plant trees to shade your home and air conditioning units.
Plant edibles including trees, vines, bushes, mushrooms, and ground-covers, to reduce your carbon footprint and have a "farmer's market at home".
Use recycled paper.
Decrease your meat consumption. More land has to be put into agricultural production to produce meat than to produce plant products. Because the methane they belch is 23 times more effective at retaining heat than CO2, domestic animals contribute more to global warming than all human transportation combined.
Buy rechargable batteries.
Use recycled bags when you are shopping.
Cook your own food more often than buying takeaway food.
Use natural sunlight instead of light bulbs.
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