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Renewable energy specialists, KAST Energy, explain the benefits to reducing your carbon footprint and highlight four areas where you can make an impact on your emissions.
Want to save the planet? Great, I’ll tell you how to reduce your carbon footprint and save money.
Today, I’m going to break down the benefits of reducing your carbon footprint. Our lifestyle choices contribute to greenhouse gases that ultimately impact the planet. We all have a big decision to make. Alter our choices and preserve the planet, or continue and destroy it.
We have a moral responsibility to our future generations to make the right decision.
Sustainability is vital to the future of our planet.
As a species, we need sustainable practices and products. This doesn’t mean we should give up our modern comforts and conveniences, but rather, make them more earth friendly.
We live in a world where the focus is on instant gratification, which encourages us to use unsustainable products manufactured quickly and cheaply. Most critically, they are ‘disposable.’
So there’s a disposable coffee cup for your morning coffee, a disposable water bottle at the gym instead of a reusable one. Everyone rushes out to buy a new phone every time a newer, better version is released.
We must rethink our actions and encourage sustainable practices in all areas of our lives.
The good news is that it’s easier than you might think to go green. There are many small changes you can make to your life that will have a big impact on the health of our planet and future generations.
I’ve been researching the best ways to reduce our carbon footprint without severely changing our lifestyles. Now, I’ll share what changes will have the most significant effect on our future generations’ ability to live comfortably here.
1. Reduce your carbon footprint via transportation
How you travel has a big impact on the environment. You have several options when it comes to getting from point A to point B. You can walk, bike, take public transport or drive.
Now, each of these means of transportation has a different environmental impact and hence has a varied influence on your carbon footprint. Therefore, if you are thinking about reducing your carbon footprint, you can make better choices in your transportation methods.
For example, if you only can drive a car, consider taking public transport or biking on occasion. Driving is very impactful, so avoid driving as much as possible. Forgetting about leaving the car at home every once in a while, will only increase your carbon footprint.
Sharing a ride is also a great option if you’re going to a place that’s not too far from where you live or work. You can share rides with colleagues, family, and friends to decrease the number of cars on the road. In addition, you can meet at one location and share the ride to reduce fuel emissions and lower your car’s mileage.
2. Reduce your carbon footprint via energy usage at home
So, living a green lifestyle also means reducing the environmental impact you make while at home.
There are many ways to reproduce electricity and heat that don’t involve fossil fuels or nuclear power plants. Choosing to live in an environmentally friendly way reduces your carbon footprint.
You can choose to install solar panels in your home, take advantage of air-sourcce heating and cooling systems, or recycle rainwater. You can also reduce your energy usage by using low-energy light bulbs and keeping appliances thermostat set at a lower temperature when you’re at home.
3. Reduce your carbon footprint via food choices
You have a variety of options when it comes to what you eat daily. Many sustainable foods won’t wreck the environment while providing you with energy for living.
Eating foods such as vegetables and fruits is always a good idea. Try to buy organic produce, as it won’t contain harmful chemicals that may affect your family’s health. Packaged food can contain too high levels of sugar and salt, which also affects your health. If you’re not sure about the label or what’s in the food, try to avoid it.
Another food product that you should always buy is fish and seafood. This type of food is packed with omega-3 and proteins, which help you stay healthy. If possible, buy organic fish; these products don’t contain chemicals such as pesticides which may harm your health in the long run.
4. Reduce your carbon footprint via recycling
Recycling is an excellent way to preserve the planet for future generations. It reduces greenhouse gases and prevents chemicals from being released into our atmosphere.
You can do this in many ways, such as in your home, outside, or at work. For example, you can recycle paper goods, glass bottles, and aluminium cans in your home. You can also choose to recycle other objects such as mobile phones, laptops, and TV sets.
However, you must make sure that these products are free from harmful chemicals as they may end up destroying the environment. You should try recycling old paper documents in your office and using cups instead of disposable coffee cups. If possible, use eco-friendly papers and reusable mugs.
So these are a few ways to reduce your carbon footprint that can also result in huge savings each year. You’ll be surprised by just how much these small changes add up over time!