After so much talking about carbon emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, it has become imperative for all of us to know about carbon footprints and the ways to reduce them. So keeping my this article very short and to the point I will start with the dictionary definition of the topic here in discussion.
“The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individuals, organizations or community is known as carbon footprints.”
So these pose grave dangers to the global warming front. These factors also contribute to the many devils as water scarcity, water borne diseases, pollution, oxygen level decrement etc. The prominent solution to the carbon emissions danger is to plant trees and prevent deforestation. Apart from this, there are many ways at ground levels also which can reduce the carbon footprints.
- Go Solar! Use the sun’s rays to heat your water. It’s free and it will provide most of your households hot water needs. It will also save the electricity bill for sure.
- Go Photovoltaic! Though it is initially expensive to set up, a photovoltaic system will generate enough power for 30 years and pay itself off after about 8 years. To know more about this, google it.
- Make the most of the day! Use natural light, open your curtains, have a sky light inserted in your roof, this will save you electricity usage.
- Have a light touch! Often the lighting is unnecessary. Turn them off if you are not in the room using them. This will reduce your electricity bill. Dimming the lamps also helps. And it is a myth that turning lights on and off uses more electricity than leaving them on. Particularly use incandescent light bulbs.
- Cold wash! Select cold water cycle on your washing machine to wash your clothes. Using hot water generates five times more in greenhouse gas.
- Don’t cook up a storm! Cook efficiently, reuse hot water, put lids on pots, have dishes simmer rather than boil and don’t worry about preheating the oven.
- Get drastic on plastic! Plastic is difficult to dispose of and ruins our environment. Choose furnishings and household items that will last and can be recycled.
- Soft furnishings! Look for natural furnishings that have been or can be recycled, tables made from reclaimed timber, organic cotton curtains, beeswax candles, bamboo, hemp bedding or jute flooring.
- Detox your home! Household chemicals are toxic for the environment. Chemicals like paints, aerosol cans, furniture polish, glues, oils, nail polish remover and battery acid.
- Go with the grain! Wood is a perfect renewable and sustainable resource. Just make sure your wood is coming from a forest managed according to internationally agreed social and environmental standards.
- Build, don’t destroy! Use recycled bricks, windows, roof tiles, door floorings, windows, doors, fireplaces, and fittings in your home!
- Turn it off! Turn off your tv, dvd player, electronic appliances at the power point. Having it on actually uses electricity costs you money and increases your carbon footprint. So turn them off when you’re not using them, and when you go to sleep at night.
- Switch to renewables! Switch to renewable form of energy such as water , wind or solar power.
- Go native! Save water and go for native plants. Foreign plants will guzzle water. Native plants will not only attract birds and butterflies but save the time and expense of daily watering.
- Go green! Plant trees around your home and use plants inside your home. Plants not only lower greenhouse emissions and provide habitats for wildlife; they can also lower home energy costs by keeping your place cool.
- Go grey water system! Use recycled water for the toilets and garden from basins, showers, washing machines and the kitchen sink using grey water recycling systems. Only about half of the water used by the average household needs to be crystal clear drinking water.
- Think tank! Get a water tank at your place that can catch the water that falls on your roof and use this water for the garden, to fill the pool, for flushing toilets, doing the laundry, showering or even drinking. This will lower your demand on water supply.
- Bring the birds! Make for easier gardening, lower insect population and easier gardening by bringing birds to your garden. They also provide color, movement, sound and useful fertilization and pest control services.
- Grow your own fruit and veggies! This is fun, will lower your grocery bills and carbon emissions and makes for better eating. The further your food travels to reach your plate, the greater the energy and associated greenhouse emissions.
- Recycle! Recycling reduces landfill and savesresources.
So these were top 20 picks from my end which I thought are easily achievable. There are plenty other options to follow for a greener and healthier lifestyle. Do search and follow them. Slowly and steadily, remove or lessen your carbon footprints over the environment. It will surely thank you one day.