Low Carbon Living
You can take many different measures to reduce your carbon footprint directly.
There are many ways to live a lower carbon lifestyle, and every one of them has a real impact on tackling climate change.
What is a carbon footprint?
Every single person on this planet has their own carbon footprint. Your footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide you release into the atmosphere as a result of the activities you undertake.
To live a low-carbon life you need to look at how you and your family can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide you personally create.
There are many ways that you can do this from turning off lights if you're not in the room, to using an electricity supplier that is backed by low-carbon generation to driving a low emissions car.
How can I reduce my carbon footprint?
Reduce, reuse, recycle – this is a great mantra for low carbon homes. Making sure that you are always being as energy efficient as possible will greatly reduce your carbon footprint.
Here are some recommendations to get you started. Avoid overwhelming yourself with drastic changes. It’s best to view this process like you would if you were adopting healthy eating instead of going on a crash diet. So do one thing new each week or each month and see your carbon footprint shrink over time.
Ideas for shrinking your carbon footprint
Energy efficiency in your bathroom
A good way to start your day is by reducing the time of your morning shower. This will save you a lot of water, energy and money. Simply reduce your shower time to 4 minutes and you will make a difference.Also, fix dripping taps and don't leave water running unnecessarily.
Energy efficiency in your kitchen
Where possible, buy local, fresh and in-season food, as well as avoid overpackaged products. Autumn fruits and vegetables are figs, grapes, peaches, asparagus, eggplants and potatoes. When in your kitchen, only boil the amount of water you need, microwaves can be more efficient than ovens (especially if you are just warming up food) and keep a lid on pans (they will heat up faster).
Energy efficiency in your overall house
Another major way you can improve your home's energy efficiency is to insulate.Heat loss can be expensive so by ensuring your home is properly insulated you will not only save yourself money but also reduce your carbon footprint. Insulating your loft is a good place to start as it has the maximum impact and it’s one of the cheapest and easiest ways to save energy.
Block up drafts
It’s also worth locating any draughts in your home. Find the draughts and seal them up.
Even turning your thermostat down by one degree can save you money, keep your home at a comfortable temperature and use less fuel. The recommended level for a home is between 18-21 degrees.
Using heating controls in your home is a great way to keep track of your heating and help you on your journey to a low-carbon life. There are lots of different types available today designed to suit your individual home.
It’s important to consider how and where your electricity is generated. Low-carbon power comes from technologies that produce power with lower than average amounts of carbon dioxide emissions.
Before leaving the house, please make sure that you turned off the lights, phone chargers, TVs, computers, gaming consoles and stereos when not in use. You will reduce electricity waste, save a lot of money and also cut down on CO2 pollution.
Enjoy our local community more
If you are travelling somewhere local – why not leave your car in the garage today and use public transport or even your bike? It's not a secret that using public transport or other alternatives instead of your car will reduce the CO2 pollution dramatically. You could also organise carpooling with your colleagues or friends to get from one place to the other, or maybe even walk shorter distances.