Your “carbon footprint” is a fancy name for measuring how much carbon dioxide you, er, produce. Whether or not you believe carbon dioxide is the cause of global warming or not, it is harmful to the environment and reducing your carbon footprint is a great idea.
Step 1: How Big Is Your Carbon Footprint?
Before you can reduce it, you need to know how big it is. The average person in the UK causes the emission of 13,000kg of carbon dioxide equivalent gases per year. The global average is 5,800kg, in India it’s around 1,300kg. There are various ways of measuring your carbon footprint. Usually they’re made up of a series of scores, such as Transport score, Energy score, Food score, and Waste score. Try this carbon footprint calculator, or this one, this one, or finally this one.
Step 2: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
- Turn down your thermostat. Turning your thermostat down by one degree centigrade could save a typical home £49 a year.
- Close and/or line your curtains to keep in warmth. Setting your heating to turn off one hour before you leave the house and come on half an hour before you get home could save you £51 a year.
- Turn off lights. Switching off four unnecessary lightbulbs and you could save £32 a year.
- Turn off standby. Leaving your TV and all accessories attached to it on standby all the time could cost you £46 a year.
- Turn down and use the half load setting on washing machines and tumble dryers. Washing laundry at 40 to 60 degrees centigrade in your washing machine could save you £12 a year.
- Don’t boil more water in the kettle than you need to. If you always boil the amount of water needed for one cup rather than boiling a full kettle, you could save £30 a year.
- Fix leaks as these are not only wasting water but also energy if they’re from a hot water source.
- Use energy saving lightbulbs to save even more money and energy.
- Recycle more!
- Fly less. Train travel is up to 10 x more energy efficient than plane travel. Of course, not travelling at all is even more effective…