Reducing your carbon footprint is a really positive step to helping to make a contribution towards improving climate change in the world today.
From improving the planet for generations to come, to taking small steps to create a better world for us all to live in, reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to blow your budget or take up tonnes of your time.
There are so many things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, not least through thinking carefully about your home energy consumption. From the large actions to the small steps, reducing your carbon footprint with a focus on home energy consumption can be effective immediately.
Top ways to reduce your carbon footprint:
Have a think about your home and the energy you and your family consume. Here are some top tips for reducing your home’s carbon footprint:
- Ensure you have effective insulation: losing heat from your home via poorly insulated surfaces is a big factor when it comes to energy consumption, not to mention your home energy bills. Always make sure that your home is well insulated and sealed.
Insulating your home can include everything from installing more effective roof insulation, to reducing the drafts and air leaks around your doors and window frames.
- Buy energy efficient appliances: if you’re choosing new home appliances, don’t ignore their energy efficiency rating. It’s really important to look at the energy efficiency of larger appliances such as air conditioning units as well as smaller items such as dishwashers and freezers.
If you’re unsure on which are the most energy efficient appliances, check out the star rating they have or ask for expert help.
- Turn off the lights: this is one of the most commonly talked about energy saving methods yet so many people still leave their lights on unnecessarily. It’s such a simple measure which can really help to reduce your carbon footprint. Simply turn off a light as soon as you have left the room or are not using it anymore.
If you do need lights to be left on for long periods of time, try replacing traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs for better energy efficiency.
- Consider solar power: especially with the Australian climate, there are so many advantages to using solar power in your home. Although there are often high installation costs involved, you can expect to make the money back by selling electricity back to the grid. You’ll also be using energy guilt free as it comes from a renewable source.
- Monitor your home’s temperature: setting your thermostat to the right level can help to reduce your carbon footprint and means you’ll only be using the energy that you actually need. You should also think about which rooms you really need to heat or cool, and whether you can use windows and blinds or shades effectively to keep warmth in or out.
Again, ensuring your home is well insulated is a great way to control the temperature in your home and reduce your energy bills.
Reducing your carbon footprint has so many benefits – for you and for future generations. Making your home more energy efficient is a great way to see results fast and you can enjoy the financial and environmental benefits to boot.
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