Agustina Bluthgen  /   08/25/2021

How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

By calculating your carbon footprint you can see how you impact the environment. You can then analyze your actions and lifestyle choices. You may even be shocked by the figures and statistics shown. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we are facing. But don’t panic! You can take measures and make changes to your lifestyle to reduce your carbon footprint. If you are not sure of what to do to make this happen we can help you with some tips.

By reducing greenhouse gas emissions, climate change will be reduced as well. The links between them are too evident and extreme to ignore. Making small adjustments can lead to big results. You can help by reducing your carbon footprint. This will also help you live a healthier lifestyle, as well as save you money! 

You can help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint in different ways. It is important, first of all, to be aware of the impact of your actions. Then elaborate a plan to reduce them, whether at home, work, or even when you travel. Small changes can add up for sure!

Let’s start with some steps you can do at home and in your daily life. 

Switch to renewables

With this point, you will reduce household emissions and save money at the same time. Energy providers now offer greener tariffs. You can think about switching to a company that works with solar, wind, or hydroelectric energy. You can even think about installing solar panels at home. This will help a lot to reduce your carbon footprint.

Turn off the lights

Be aware of the use of the lights and make sure to turn them off when they are not in use. You can even think about installing automatic, movement-sensing lights and energy-saving LED bulbs. This will significantly help to reduce your carbon footprint at home. 

Change your diet

The food we eat has a lot of impact on the environment. If it is shipped from overseas it implies the use of a lot more resources than what is produced locally. Only think about packaging and transportation. Supporting your local farmers’ market can make a huge difference.

Additionally, animal products like meat and dairy also imply the use of a lot more resources than plant-based foods. They need a lot of land, water, and energy and create a lot of gases that produce greenhouse gases. Why don’t you try to eat fewer animal products?

Cut single-use plastic

You already know how polluting single-use plastics are to our waterways and oceans. They also contaminate a lot when produced and recycled, as they need a lot of energy. While at work, you can also think about ways to reduce your carbon footprint:

Cycle or walk to work

Cycling and walking are not only good for the planet but also good for your health. These are two of the most eco-friendly ways to travel and will help you reduce your carbon footprint.

Go digital

Try to move away from printed documents, and encourage others to work on digital skills. Choosing video conferences instead of traveling, will help you reduce waste and emissions.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

This may sound cliché, but is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. When working you use different products like paper, packaging, electronic devices. You end up generating a lot of waste. By reducing, reusing, and recycling you can make some big changes!

Finally, you can also think about ways of reducing your carbon footprint when traveling. Travel can cause a significant amount of carbon emissions. Making small changes can help reduce your impact significantly.

Fly direct

When flying, the carbon footprint is larger than any other mode of transport. So try to reduce the number of stops on your routes, and ideally by flying directly to your destination.

Use public transportation

Petrol cars and taxis produce a big amount of greenhouse gas emissions. These are then split between a few people, making it an energy-intense way to get around. To reduce your carbon footprint, you can switch to trains, buses, and coaches.

Offset your carbon

Many travel companies are now offering the chance to offset your carbon emissions. You will be paying some extra money to fund projects aimed to reduce your carbon footprint.

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