Decreasing your Home's Carbon Footprint

The environment needs your help! Reducing your carbon footprint means a healthier, safer and longer-lasting planet Earth. There are many day-to-day life alterations that each of us could make that will lead to a healthier environment, and contribute to the Earth’s longevity.

Limiting our carbon footprint is always the goal. Greenhouse gas emissions come from products and services that we use. These gas emissions include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, fluorinated gases and more, which all trap heat in the atmosphere, eventually causing global warming.

As humans, most of our carbon footprint comes from transportation, housing, and food.

When it comes to transitions and making changes for the better, even small steps of progress make a huge difference. When we all give a little, huge differences are made! So, here are ways that you can start decreasing your carbon footprint at home:

  • Unplug appliances when they are not in use.
    • There’s no need to keep that phone charger plugged into the wall outlet all day while you’re at work, school, or any other daily commitments that you may have. Start unplugging when they are not being used! This can go for your coffee maker, hairdryer, laptop chargers, etc.
  • Seal your chimney with a damper
    • This will prevent hot air from coming through during warmer months, and it will also prevent heat from escaping during the winter. (during the times when your chimney is not in use)
  • Shade your windows
    • This will reduce the work for your AC unit during hotter months.
    • During the cooler months, open your shades and allow the sun to help heat your home! This may keep you from needing to adjust the thermostat as high.
  • Use natural light when possible
    • You can also switch to LED lightbulbs. They are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than the standard lightbulbs. Also, overall, don’t forget to turn off lights when not in use.
  • Avoid placing appliances that give off heat near the thermostat.
    • Placing lamps, TV’s, or any other devices that give off heat near the thermostat will lead to your AC unit needing to work harder.
  • Turn off “heated dry” on your dishwasher.
    • Air-drying works too!
  • If your home has single-paned windows, consider replacing them with double-paned windows.
    • This will keep the cold air out during the winter, and the hot air out during the summer. A more comfortable home along with lower heating and cooling bills!
  • If possible, when doing laundry, use the cold-water setting.
    • Around 75% of the energy that is required to do a load of laundry goes into heating the water. Using cold water puts much less pressure on your electricity.

And lastly, but certainly not least, invest in solar property!

Solar power is pollution-free and eliminates the emission of greenhouse gases. Installing solar panels into your home will help save the environment, and even reduce or eliminate your electric bill! A solar inverter will convert solar energy into energy that your home can use. Solar energy is a renewable energy source that can be harnessed in all areas of the world and is accessible every day. Unlike other sources of electricity, we will never run out of solar energy! As long as we have the sun, solar energy will always be here and available.

Those are just a few ways that we can all contribute to reaching the goal of a better and healthier environment.  If each of us can commit to even one minor change to decrease our carbon footprint, we are well on our way to betterment!

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