The earth is currently facing one of its most difficult periods with the rapid increase in global warming. The icecaps are melting and habitats are being destroyed all over the plant which has created a necessity for every person on the planet to become more eco-friendly.
Cutting carbon emissions is the best way to slow down the negative effects on the earth and major countries around the world are leading the charge by agreeing to try and reach carbon neutrality in the future.
One way that they are looking to do this is to reduce the personal carbon footprint of their population. There are many ways that this can be done and this article will explore some of the main ones that can easily be incorporated into everyday life.
The average UK carbon footprint is 10 tonnes of CO2 per person per year which means if we don’t all change our ways then there will be no earth left to enjoy for future generations. Read on to find out how to become more eco-friendly.
Swap out lighting
The smallest changes can have a positive impact on the number of carbon emissions produced. An example of this is placing LED bulbs around your home. This could be in your bedside lamp or your beautiful solar lanterns in the garden.
This is an extremely cost-effective way to reduce your carbon footprint and requires minimal effort too.
Another cheap way to reduce your carbon emissions is to simply recycle. Many people don’t recycle at all which means the different materials will just end up in landfill sites. This will, in turn, increase the amount of greenhouse gas produced.
If you intend on recycling, ensure you are doing it correctly by using the following tips:
- Wash all liquid and food off recycled materials
- Put bottle lids back on
- Read local recycling guide
- Recycle plastic bags separate
- Don’t shred paper
Shopping sustainably is a straightforward practice that will make you and the environment feel good. There is a range of ways to do it. For example, you could shop locally and walk to the shops. This will reduce the emissions let off by your car.
You could also go to a sustainable food store which relies on you bringing jars and containers to get the food. This helps to cut down single plastic usage and waste.
Swap your energy supplier
Choose an energy supplier that uses renewable energy rather than one that uses fossil fuels. If this is not possible then focus on reducing your energy usage by doing the following:
- Reduce the time your heating is on
- Switch off appliances when not using them
- Turn lights off in rooms when you leave
- Hang dry your clothes when doing the laundry