10 ways you can reduce your carbon footprint in your house
Carbon footprint is dangerous for the health of the planet and eventually its residents. Here are simple ten ways for you to reduce your share of carbon. At American Power and Gas we encourage our customers to reduce their carbon footprint through common sense, best practices. Doing so will also reduce your energy bill.
1- Eat local
Food has to travel a long distance to reach your plate. So, try to sop for local vegetables and grains. This way you will be spending less money on food and will contribute to the reduction in carbons emitted. Furthermore, try to reduce meats in your meals. Meat takes up a lot of fuel during processing and contributes towards the carbon emissions in the air.
2- Reduce or eliminate bottled water
Instead of buying bottled water, use tap water. Because again, water travels long distances to reach you so, therefore, get yourself a reusable water bottle for travel purposes and save up both the money and emit fewer carbons. If your water is from sanitary, then get yourself a filter.
3- Insulate your house
Have a professional service to properly seal off your home so that it is adequately insulated. This process again will save up your money as you will need low cooling or heating. You will end up saving money and reducing carbon emissions as a result.
4- Maintenance of appliances
Properly maintain and repair your electronics according to manufacturer’s instructions. This process will help your devices run more efficiently and will reduce the consumption of electricity which ultimately will reduce the carbon emissions. Especially, heating and cooling equipment which use much more energy than the other appliances should be properly maintained.
5- Switch to Compact fluorescent bulbs
Incandescent bulbs and lights use up a lot of electricity and are the outdated tech. As they burn out, start replacing them with newer fluorescent lights. These lights use up around 75% less energy than the conventional incandescent lamps, driving down your energy consumptions and hence the bills as well.
6- Smart use of the water heater
When you are going out or for a longer period of vacation, turn your water heater to vacation mode. It will keep the water warm while running on shallow energy. Similarly, you can use this strategy for a home cooling system as well.
7- Plug only when required
Instead of keeping your electronics plugged in all the time, connect them when you are going to use them. Keeping them in standby mode will continue utilizing the energy, and you will be wasting a lot of electricity. Therefore, be smart and unplug them when you are not using them.
8- Use cold water for washing
Instead of always using hot water for washing purposes, try using cold water sometimes. A lot of energy is wasted when you try to heat up the water beforehand. In addition to this, try to hang your clothes for drying instead of using a dryer.
Try to recycle unused or not unusable products such as water bottle. If you cannot reuse them, give them to recycling unit in your area. Recycling saves up a lot of energy and resources by making sure that these products are reusable and instead of contributing towards the waste they can be helpful.
10- Go solar
With renewable resources at your doorstep, try to install solar panels on your roof. They can be a little expensive as compared to what we have suggested above, but in the long run, they will be beneficial as your bills will go down and you will be using a renewable resource of energy which is an environment-friendly step.
With these simple ten steps, you can help preserve this environment and planet.