As more individuals and organizations take part in improving the condition of the environment, do your share in this cause and take the green revolution into your home. Reducing your carbon footprint is one way to do it and there are many ways to convert your lifestyle and home ways into eco-friendly measures.
First of all, a carbon footprint can be a measure of the impact of your activities to the environment in terms of the amount of Greenhouse gases produced. This is calculated basing on the units of carbon dioxide emitted. From personal activities to house chores, these all contribute to carbon emissions trailing up into the atmosphere. Burning fossil fuels, usage of electricity, airplane travel, processing and cooking of food are only a few of the everyday tasks that go with your footprint.
According to the United Nations, there are studies that report an average American’s annual carbon footprint is about twenty tons while the global average is only less than four tons each year. Given this depressing data, you have to enact how you can fight against the climate crisis and other adverse effects brought about environmental degradation. Below are some tips on how you can lessen your carbon footprint at home by at least ten tons in a year. Some of these suggestions do not even cost a thing.
Modify electric consumption
There are numerous ways to go about this measure. Most homes these days are equipped with electrical appliances and systems. Here are some suggestions in minimizing energy consumption:
1. Start by simply turning off every electricity consuming fixture and appliance in your home after every use. Try designating your own “Earth Hour” at least twice a week.
2. Give your appliances a break. Wash your laundry and dishes using your own hands. Dry your clothes through a clothesline, and pat dry dishes with a dish cloth.
3. Avoid redundant opening and closing the refrigerator door because the cool air would easily escape. The motor would then take double time in working. It should also be cleaned and defrosted at least once a month. Include its coil in cleaning it.
4. Using compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs is more advantageous. The former type can last longer. A study once revealed that if every U.S. household used CFLs, greenhouse gases amounting to emissions of almost ten million cars would be prevented.
5. Learn to enjoy natural lighting by simply re-arranging furniture pieces. Ensure that there are no items blocking off the windows and other sunlight entry points.
6. Regularly cleaning the air filters, ducts or air vents of your heating and cooling equipment will make these systems work more efficiently. Thus, you need not turn them up higher.
7. If you have fiberglass insulation, you may want to use cotton instead. The latter material produces increased acoustic advantages and better indoor climate.
If you have extra budget, getting new energy efficient appliances would be a wiser and cost effective move. The Energy Star label program of the U.S. government has enumerated several home products that guarantee to lessen at least fifty percent wattage and power consumption. And if you are ready for dramatic changes, make time to shift into utilizing eco-friendly power sources such as the wind and the sun. You can either buy these green power generators or research on how to make them. Either way, you can definitely gain from a cleaner energy supply. Some states even award incentives to home owners who use such systems.
Help from vegetation
Aside from getting a fresh source of oxygen for your whole house, there are other benefits from plants. For one, creating your own edible garden that would include trees, vines, herbs, mushrooms and other organic vegetables would reduce your to travel and purchase possibly chemically fertilized produce. You can easily enjoy a farmer’s market at home. In addition, there are some flowers and aromatic herbs that not only provide medicinal properties but also help in warding off pests and insects. You can then diminish the use of pesticides and insecticides. Marigold, Malvorosa, Bachelor’s Button, Cleome, Black-eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower are a few of ornamental plants that fend off insects and attract beneficial bugs (for your plants).
With regards to fertilizing your plants, using recycled wood chips, grass clippings, animal manure, fallen foliage, compost and peat moss would be advantageous as well. These natural elements would return the nutrients to the soil once they decompose. Plus they also have the capacity to keep the weeds down, preserve moisture for the roots and prevent ground erosion.
At the same time you are trying to help the Earth by reducing your carbon footprint at home, you also get to benefit in many ways. Lowered utilities bills and healthier home environment are only two of the most favorable results once you pursue these eco-friendly simple steps. But why stop in your home? Spread the word among your relatives and words so as the results can be more noticeable.