Now, we put out a lot of carbon dioxide every year, over 26 billion tons. For each American, it’s about 20 tons. For people in poor countries, it’s less than one ton. It’s an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero. – (Bill Gates)
After different types of warnings being cited in the last climatic change conference, efforts have increased to reduce carbon footprint. Though the destination is still quite far, people have started the journey towards getting carbon foot printing to zero.
Having said that, you must be wondering what you, as an individual, can do to make a difference. The large scale impact of carbon foot print is quite substantial, compared to an individual’s small effort. However, if people across the world come together, we can certainly make a difference with our efforts and some of these tips.
Drive less: One of the biggest carbon emission machines is your car. If you multiply the number of cars in the city, just imagine the amount of carbon emission taking place in the city on a daily basis. Although you cannot make everyone understand the harmful effects of driving, you can make an effort to reduce driving as much as possible. Car pool is another great idea as this will reduce the number of cars on the road. Also, it is better to walk to the nearby supermarket rather than taking your car. This way, you will not only prevent carbon emission, but will also save time. If your city has a good public transportation system, then traveling in them is recommended. This way, you can also save a lot of money on fuel for your car as well.
Appliance choice: When buying a new appliance, you need to look at different energy efficient signs, if any. Appliances, which are not energy efficient in nature, consume more electricity than usual, increasing the use of fossil fuels. Checking the energy star sign on your refrigerator, air conditioner, television, or computer will ensure that you to reduce your contribution towards carbon emission. This would also reduce your electricity bill every month, which will help you save a lot of money.
Proper maintenance of cooling and heating system: There are many people who complain about the rising electricity bills. One of the biggest causes of this would be improper maintenance of their cooling and heating systems. Regular cleaning and maintenance of these systems ensures proper heating and cooling in less time, which requires less consumption of energy. This will also ensure that your machines work in a proper manner without any failure.
Replace light bulbs: Optimizing different light fixtures in your home can also help reduce carbon foot printing. Incandescent light bulbs consume more power and electricity, which will obviously mean higher bills and high usage of fossil fuels. Therefore, replacing them with LED or CFL bulbs is unquestionably a better option. Compared to incandescent light bulbs, CFLs and LEDs consume 75% less power, which can be optimized by using them as when and necessary.
Recycle: There are many benefits of recycling different items you have in your home. Your trash can be filled with the waste accumulated in your home; however, it would better for the planet if the recycling bin gets filled up. Apart from this, recycling not only helps in reducing carbon foot printing, but also helps in creating different types of products and items from various recycled material.