Are you looking for ways to reduce your environmental impact? There are hundreds if not thousands of ways to make adjustments to your life to lower your carbon footprint. The good news is that, to make a difference out there, you can start at home.
So today we’ll be giving you a few tips on how you can live a sustainable lifestyle. Simply changing the type of energy you use and the type of items you buy can reduce your environmental impact significantly. If you were stumped at where to start, perhaps this article will help you.
Is Public Transport an Option for You?
The effects of climate change in South Africa, India, Australia and Brazil has created a movement of more people wanting to do better at decreasing their CO2 footprint. One way to reduce carbon emissions is to start using public transport.
One car emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon emissions a year. Every gram of petrol burned produces 8.887 grams of CO2. If every person opted to use public transport or carpooled often, it would lower carbon emissions, creating a cleaner environment.
What’s more, lowering CO2 caused by fuel emissions would reduce the effects of climate change that cause heatwaves, floods and other drastic natural disasters.
Making your Home Sustainable
Here are six ways you can make your home sustainable:
- LED light bulbs: These light bulbs are more energy-efficient which can reduce CO2 by 6 tons per year.
- Solar panels: Electricity is used to power up electronics and heat up geysers. But did you know that 1kWh of electricity an hour produces 0.45kg of CO2? You can reduce this number by installing solar panels to power up your home.
- Tap sensors: To save on water consumption, install tap sensors for the bathroom and kitchen sinks.
- Utilise rain catchers: If you have a large garden, use tanks to catch rain and use the water to irrigate your plants.
- Avoid the dryer: The average dryer produces 1.8kg of carbon emissions. Therefore you should hang your washing on the line instead of using appliances.
- Unplug your devices: Phantom electricity relates to when you keep electronics plugged in even when you’re not using them. This results in over 227kg of CO2 emissions a year per household. Always unplug your devices when you’re not using them.
By implementing these six sustainable tips into your life, you can lower your CO2 footprint and have peace of mind knowing that you are making a difference.
Final Tip: Reusability is Key
To further your contribution in the fight against climate change, avoid using single-use plastics. Furthermore, buy refills for shampoos and detergents instead of purchasing brand new items packaged in plastic.
As much as possible, opt to buy reusable products instead of disposable items. The production process to make certain items increases carbon emissions, so try not to support this cycle if you can.
See? Overall it’s easy to reduce your carbon emissions. Simply use this article as a guide to get started.
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