How much do you know about how your actions impact the planet? Pretty much nothing if you’re like most people, which is why it’s so important that you start thinking about how to reduce your carbon footprint.
Reducing your carbon footprint isn’t as difficult as it seems. After all, we spend a lot of time outside. When you’re out and about, think about what you can do to help protect the environment.
For example, instead of throwing garbage on the ground when you get home from the park or grocery store, take it with you in a reusable container or bag until the next time you have access to a trash can.
You can also switch from disposable paper towels and napkins to reusable ones instead of using large amounts at once and discarding them (which ends up increasing landfill space costs).
How Can Consumers Help Climate Change
Like me, you want to know how consumers can help fight climate change, here are some tips to achieve that:
Drive Your Car Less Often
It might be tempting to drive to that nearby grocery store or the park next door. But instead of driving there, consider walking or biking instead.
Traffic is a major source of carbon emissions. Reducing the amount of time you drive can reduce your carbon footprint significantly.
For example, if you drive 15,000 miles a year (the average in the U.S.), reducing your miles by 5,000 per year can save enough carbon emissions to fill a 55-gallon barrel.
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When you’re done with an item, take it to a recycling facility instead of throwing it away. This not only reduces your carbon footprint but also helps reduce the demand on landfills, creating methane — a potent greenhouse gas.
Several cities now require residents to recycle certain items, so it’s important to remember to follow your city’s guidelines. It’s also important to remember that recycling is only one way to reduce your carbon footprint.
Recycling can help you reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s not the only thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
You can also reduce your carbon footprint by choosing reusable items like cloth grocery bags or using dishwasher or washing machine liners.
Don’t Take Long Showers
Think about how often you take long showers. If you’re like most people, it’s probably a few times a week. Long showers use more water than short ones, so they also contribute to water shortages.
Instead of taking a long shower, turn on the showerhead and rinse off with a sponge or washcloth.
Or, take a water bottle with you to the gym or the pool when you take a shower there instead of filling up the bathtub or sink with water.
Install a Water-Efficient Device
When you have a new appliance installed in your home, consider replacing the old one with a newer more water-efficient model. This can reduce the amount of water you use in a single week by the volume of the old appliance. This can also reduce your carbon footprint by decreasing the amount of water you use.
Plant and Care for Your Own Food
When you grow your own food, you’re not only reducing your carbon footprint but also saving money. Many cities now offer incentives for residents to grow their own food.
Not only do you get to eat healthier and cheaper food, but you also get to reduce your carbon footprint by not having to rely on fossil fuel-powered transport to get to the store.
Growing your own food is also a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and get some exercise. You can either grow your own food in your own backyard or join a community garden.
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Use LED Lightbulbs Instead of Incandescent Bulbs
When replacing your lightbulbs, choose LED bulbs. These are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and last up to 50 times longer. LEDs also don’t need to be replaced as often as incandescent bulbs.
This can reduce your carbon footprint because they use less electricity. So, choose to use LED lightbulbs whenever you have an option and you can also choose to use them in your home when it comes time to replace your bulbs.
Turn off the Heat or Air Conditioning When You’re Not Using it
When you’re not using your air conditioner or heat during the summer, put it in “recycle” mode. This will help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
By doing this, you’re also reducing energy use in your home by not relying on the air conditioning or heat when it would otherwise be turned off.
Turn Some Lights On During Daylight Saving Time
When it’s daylight savings time, turn off some lights. This will help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Many cities now offer free programs where you can get help adjusting to the new time by turning off some lights and adjusting other settings in your home.
This can also help reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of energy you’re using in your home.
Take Outdoor Activities to Stay Active and Moving
When you’re staying active and moving around, you’re also reducing your carbon footprint. This helps to protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s important to remember that you have to have a balance between staying active and moving around with family and friends while also protecting the environment.
We’ve only covered a few ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. However, these are great places to start.
It’s also important to remember that there are many more ways what can consumers do to reduce carbon footprint, from switching from paper towels to cloth towels to using energy-efficient lightbulbs.
The more you try to reduce your carbon footprint, the more you’ll realize how easy it really is to make a difference.