With the world facing climate change, it is imperative for steps to be taken right now to offset this before it’s too late. While world governments are taking steps to curb this and increase sustainable development, it is also essential for each and every one of us to play our part in reducing our carbon footprint.
Here are 6 things you can do at home to reduce your carbon footprint.
Unplug devices when not in use
It is common to leave chargers, toasters, kettles etc. plugged in all the time. However, did you know that this consumes electricity even when it is not in use? So turn off and unplug these devices and appliances to save electricity.
Save electricity wherever possible
Especially true in the summer months, we tend to leave fans and air conditioners on even if we aren’t in the room. This leads to significant wastage especially in large homes, so make it a point to only have them turned on in the rooms you are using.
Invest in solar panels
This can be expensive to install and may not always be feasible depending on where you live. However, solar panels lead to significant savings down the road and will help you not only reduce your carbon footprint but also cut down on you electricity bills.
Even though it can be time consuming, we must ensure that we always recycle any plastics, tin, glass and paper that we would otherwise throw away. Other steps can also be taken to reduce the amount of plastic we use, like reusing the same bags when we go shopping instead of picking up new ones each time.
It is often said that the next global war will not be about oil but rather water. With water tables falling across the globe, we need to make saving water a priority. There are a number of steps we can take to do this like only washing our cars less often, installing water efficient taps and showerheads, only using the dish washer on alternate days, etc.
Change to efficient light bulbs
While most people would have already done this, we need to change any old light bulbs to energy-efficient LED light bulbs. Not only do these last up to 75% longer but they also significantly reduce your electricity consumption.
While you may feel that these steps will not make a huge impact, it is essential to remember that every little bit helps and the more number of people who do this the greater the effect will be.