How to Decrease Carbon Footprints
With so many people concerned over the future of the planet, you may also want to take measures to decrease the carbon footprints at your home. There are various ways that you can do this. Happily, most of them aren’t difficult or expensive.
- Producing your own power: Getting off of the grid can be done by generating your own power through renewables. It’s not as expensive or difficult as you think.
- Planting a tree: This is one of the simplest ways to cut back on your carbon footprints because a tree “breathes” in approximately one ton of carbon emissions during its life.
- Riding a bicycle: Bicycles don’t need fuel to run so you’ll be cutting down on the pollution that cars cause. In addition, you’ll be in better physical shape by burning 500 calories every half hour.
- Using Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: These are the odd shaped twisted bulbs that you may see in lots of homes and businesses. They cost more but using just one instead of an incandescent bulb will cut back 150 pounds of carbon dioxide. These bulbs also last eight to fifteen times longer. That’s a savings of around $30 per bulb.
- Shopping locally: When you buy locally produced goods, you’re aiding in sustaining the local economy. These goods are usually fresher than transported ones, too.
- Reversing your ceiling fan’s direction during cold weather: In cold weather, your heating system initially sends warm air up to heat the top part of your rooms and then comes down to the floor. To help space the heat evenly and save energy, reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. This sends the hot air down faster to the floor area, warming the room faster.
- If you’re not using it, turn it off: This rule applies to lights, television or any other electrical item you’re not using as you leave a room. Using a power strip for electronics can also keep them from using power even when they’re turned off as long as you switch off the power strip.
- Getting the most from your water heater: Simply adjust the settings to around 120 degrees. This cuts back on the risk of being burned and saved energy.
Using any or all of the above suggestions can help you cut down on the carbon footprints that you and your family leave on the planet, which makes it more promising for future generations.