We are all responsible for saving the planet, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Don’t panic – there are simple things that we can all do to #StartAtHomeTogether that will make a huge impact overall to not only your carbon footprint, but your bank balance, too.
Here are three easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Bin day can be a bit like a guessing game where I live. You never quite know which bin needs to go out, and whether or not you’ve put the right things in the right receptacles. Spend a bit of time making sure you are recycling things correctly and you could make a huge impact on the amount of waste that is able to be recycled properly. And recycling doesn’t need to be something that happens at the dump: you can recycle and repurpose things within your own home, fix clothing and upcycle pieces of furniture rather than getting rid of them. It is estimated that if everybody were to reuse where they could, CO2 emissions could be cut down by a combined total of 1 million tonnes.
Buy Less Meat and Dairy
Changing your whole diet is quite a big and daunting task and, even though a vegetarian’s diet typically causes 2.5 times less carbon emissions than somebody who regularly eats meat, that isn’t always enough to tempt someone to change their entire lifestyle. Instead of switching to a whole new diet, challenge yourself to one or two nights a week without using any meat and/or dairy products in your cooking, and see if you can increase meat-free meals from there.
Draught-Proof Your Home
We all want to make sure that we are warm and cosy at home, but every time I put the heating on I cringe at both the cost, and the impact that I am having on the world in general. Instead of reaching to put the heating on, I like to make sure that I have draught-proofed my living space first. This means laying down draught excluders at the bottoms of doors, and having things like thermal blinds on windows to stop heat escaping. Just doing these small steps could mean a reduction of 145kg of CO2 being emitted from your average household.
Do you do anything special to reduce your carbon footprint at home? Share your tips in the comments below.
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