Your home, your haven, your stress-free environment. But what if your house was full of stress? Hidden stress. Your large carbon footprint. The world is quickly worsening from the adverse effects of our collective carbon footprints. Greenhouse gasses are increasing and so is climate change. Extreme weather and weather events like an increase in hurricanes are all byproducts of the enormous volume of greenhouse gasses released every day.
But with a few simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home, you can make a difference. It only takes a little extra effort to cut down on your footprint and inadvertent greenhouse gas emissions. Saving the planet is everyone’s concern, and we all need to start right at home.
4 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT AT HOME
Line-Dry Clothing – One load of clothes in the dryer consumes five times more electricity than one load in the was
hing machine. If you hang your clothes on the line rather than using a dryer, you can save the equivalent energy of 225 light bulbs turned on for one hour. Tumble dryers are one of the top energy-consuming appliances. You can decrease your carbon footprint one load of laundry at a time.
Rely Less On Your Car – Another way to reduce your carbon footprint at home is by driving less. Most automobiles require fossil fuels and every car made and sold increases our reliance on these fuels. You can decrease your footprint by biking, walking, and using public transit. Carpools are an excellent choice for getting to work. In the U.S., public transportation saves 37 million tons of carbon emissions each year. Rely less on your car and save some fuel.
Locally Sourced Produce – You should also try eating local and organic foods. Grocery stores are increasingly offering locally grown produce, decreasing fossil fuel consumption for getting the food to your store. In season produce is best. When it’s out of season, it takes significantly more fuel for the food to travel to your city.
Pull the Plug or Flip the Switch – The electronic devices in your home are vampires. Sounds a little dramatic, but vampire power is responsible for draining up to $19 billion in energy every year. Even if your devices are turned off, they are sucking up precious energy. Keep the plugs out of the wall and reduce your inadvertent fossil fuel consumption.
WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT AT HOME WITH LANDSCAPING
If you don’t already have some variation of a garden, try planting one. It can be a vegetable garden, herb garden, balcony oasis, or even a few new trees. Plants absorb carbon dioxide; the more you plant, the smaller your carbon footprint gets. By growing plants, you’re cleaning the air around your home, making it a safer and healthier place to live. If you have a yard, try switching to an electric lawn mower like Mowbot, which is robotic and doesn’t require fossil fuels to tend to your lawn.