10 Tips to Take Action Against Your Carbon Footprint

We all know about our carbon footprint, but what we all really want to know is how can we beat it? To answer this question, I have listed 10 tips to help you start the fight against your carbon footprint and environmental impact.

 

  1. Turn off all products and appliances when not in use. Just because your appliances or products are “turned off” or on stand-by it continues to draw power by being plugged in. 
  2. Convert to renewable energy. Homeowners in many areas now have the option of switching to renewable energy from your utilities provider or through the purchase/rental and installation of solar panels, which are becoming increasingly more affordable. 
  3. Reduce your water consumption. 1) Shut off the tap when you brush your teeth or shave. 2) Install low-flow shower heads. 3) Take shorter showers. 4) Install low-flow toilets. 5) Run the dishwasher and laundry machine with a full-load only. 
  4. Reduce your paper trail. Look for paper that is 80-100% recycled and with high post-consumer materials and be aware of how much paper you use vs. how much you actually need.
  5. Drive less. 1) Organize a car-pool. 2) Bike or walk. 3) Maintain proper engine and tire health. 4) Plan your trip so you don’t drive in circles. 5) Switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle.
  6. Use re-usable products. Plastic and disposable products are one of the number one landfill fillers. Pay attention to the labels on the products you buy to ensure they are able to be recycled or re-used.
  7. Changing and turning off your light bulbs. 1) Use a compact florescent bulb. 2) Turn your lights on when you leave the room. 3) Take advantage of natural light through windows and skylights.
  8. Don’t use harmful chemicals. Instead, try your  hand with home-made remedies or plain vinegar which is safer for your family and the environment.
  9. Re-use, re-use, re-use. Not only is this good for your karma, but it will help save the environment too and who doesn’t like win-win situations?
  10. Start something. Get involved in your neighborhood and show others how easy it is to beat their carbon footprint.