Don’t wait for the Avengers to save the planet.
Change starts from home. These easy-to-do ideas will help you and your family reduce your carbon footprint and in turn, help the environment.A carbon footprint is determined by the amount of greenhouse gases produced to support your basic activities. By consciously taking steps at home to reduce your overall carbon footprint, you can minimise environmental impact and do your bit as a responsible citizen.
Replace Your Lightbulbs
Switching to energy-saving lightbulbs can have a positive impact on your home, the environment and even your electricity bills. LEDs (although slightly more expensive) generate less heat when lit-up. In fact, these convert 95% of the energy into light and only 5% is wasted as heat. LED lights last up to six times longer than other types of lights, reducing the requirement for frequent replacements.
Adjust your Curtains
Use your curtains as temperature and light control to lower your energy consumption. During summer, choose lighter, softer materials (like sheer, cotton) draperies that allow ample light to pass through the fabric. This will encourage you to avoid switching on light bulbs. During winter, swap with thicker materials that help trap heat and naturally insulate your home. Of course, the effectiveness of curtains is limited when it comes to controlling temperatures, but it’s still a positive step towards living a green life.
Choose a laptop over a desktop
Managing your electricity consumption is the first step to reducing your carbon footprint. It is believed that laptops, although not rid of carbon footprint, when compared to desktops, consume less electricity. A laptop doesn’t require a constant power source—once it’s charged, it can be used for hours without being plugged in. It is also alleged that the production sources and materials for a desktop are potentially more toxic for the environment.
Consider Solar Energy
Solar energy is free, readily available and highly effective. By switching to a solar power source (solar panels), you can reduce your dependence on artificial methods of generating energy and not only cut down on electricity bills but also make a significant impact on the environment.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
Switching to a low-flow showerhead can reduce hot water wastage as it restricts the flow by pushing the water through small apertures. These contraptions release substantially fewer amount of water per minute and also save money on the electrically-heated water that you consume in every shower.
Replace Old Appliances
Upgrading old appliances means that you can now introduce gadgets that aren’t just aesthetically-pleasing but also more efficient. Opting for energy-efficient models can reduce the consumption of power—these are faster, reduce electricity consumption and are branded safe for the environment. Visit a retail outlet close to your home and ask for appliances with Green Star certification.