The best way to be kind to the environment is not to pollute it in the first place, small changes in our lifestyle can make a big difference collectively.
By the very nature of our day to day lives, waste and CO2 emissions are created by us that contribute to world wide Climate Change. Here are some life tips to reducing your carbon footprint. These simple tips apply to home and business and make a significant difference:
Drink water every day!
Showers use considerably less water than baths.
Fit a water efficient shower head.
If a cistern holds more than 6 litres than water, install a water saving device to reduce the volume of water used for a small flush.
Collect rainwater for the garden and household greywater.
Insulating the roof and loft is essential to saving heat in your house or business premises.
Insulate the wall cavities.
Set your boiler to a maximum temperature of 60 degrees Centigrade.
Double / triple glazed windows.
Heavy blinds and curtains.
Back boilers for wood burners.
Prevent unwanted draughts will floor mats and door brushes.
Seal gaps in floorboards.
Put down rugs during the winter.
Insulate hot water tank.
Switch to a renewable electricity provider. This is the quickest and easiest change you can make to have the biggest impact on your carbon footprint.
Install photovoltaic solar panels. Generate your own power, heat your water and central heating.
Use energy efficient light bulbs.
Install a smart meter.
Use a full load in your dishwasher and washing machine, try not to use during peak hours.
A – rated electrical appliances.
When possible, dry your clothes naturally.
Appliances on standby use energy.
Locate the fridge in the coldest part of the room / house.
Defrost food in the fridge.
Only boil the amount of water needed.
A vegan diet is far more sustainable.
Red meat creates far more GHG emissions than white meat or fish.
Buy seasonally, local and organic.
Game has a lower footprint and can support forestry conservation.
Oat, almond, soya, coconut and other plant based milks are increasingly seen as healthy alternatives and have a much lower footprint than dairy milk.
Learn recipes that utilise left overs and prevent wastage.
Cheap superfoods such as oats will fill you up with less demand on the planet.
Insect are high in protein, woodlice are related to prawns. Yep this is a tough one!
Avoid food with excess packaging.
Go plastic free.
Recycle all your waste. Items to recycle should be clean, correctly sorted by category, so that it is ready for processing at your local recycling plant.
Buy an electric car when it is time to replace your existing one.
Before leaving the factory the making of a new car has already amassed a huge footprint.
Service your car regularly.
Turn off air conditioning when not necessary.
If stationary for longer than a few minutes turn your engine off.
Check tyre pressure regularly.
Drive smoothly, braking is a waste of energy.
Always crawl up to the lights, starting from stationary requires more energy.
Accessories such as roof racks reduce aerodynamics .
Cruising at 60 mph saves fuel.
Share trips and use public transport.
Cycle or walk. Get fit at the same time.