In 2022, global energy-related CO2 emissions grew by 0.9%; this was a record high of over 36.8 gigatons (Gt). We only have one planet and its resources are finite, so if we want it to be around for future generations, something’s got to change.
It’s true that much of the carbon emissions come from large companies. But you can do your part to ease the planet’s burdens too. If we all take a little action, it’ll add up to a huge difference!
Here are some ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and make the world a better place.
It might seem like magic when you turn on the faucet, and water immediately comes out. You can use as much as you want and just pay the bill later.
The reality is that clean and potable water is finite. So we need to do everything we can to conserve it.
Try to take shorter showers, and while you’re at it, collect the running water for other things, such as flushing the toilet and watering your plants. Turn off the water when you’re shaving and brushing your teeth too.
If you’ve got a dishwasher, use that instead of handwashing dishes (modern dishwashers are much more efficient than you are). Also, only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
As for your lawn, only water it when it actually needs it. And when you’re watering it, deep-soak it early in the morning for maximum efficiency. Putting in drought-resistant trees and plants will help as well.
Don’t Drive as Much
America is a society that’s dependent on driving. It has its benefits, after all; you can get to and from places whenever you please, and you won’t have to depend on others to be punctual.
However, do you need to drive five minutes down the road to get some groceries? Do you and your friends all need to take separate cars to meet up for dinner? Probably not.
Instead of starting up your car every time you need to go somewhere, take a moment to evaluate your choices. If the weather’s nice and your destination is close enough, consider walking or cycling instead. Otherwise, try to use public transport or carpool with friends, family, or coworkers.
The foods that are most planet-friendly are grains, fruits, beans, and vegetables. Meat and dairy produce the most carbon emissions, so it’s best if you reduce consumption here. If you love meat and can’t cut it out completely, that’s ok, so long as you make an effort to eat less of it.
Plan your meals ahead of time and buy only what you need at the store. Purchase things in bulk when possible and try to stick with organic and local foods.
If you have any leftovers or excess ingredients, either freeze them or get creative with your meals to use up everything. For anything left after that, compost it!
Don’t Give in to Fast Fashion
Going green is easy if you’re not a total fashionista. But if you are, there are still ways to look chic and simultaneously be eco-friendly.
First of all, don’t give in to fast fashion. Trendy pieces that are cheap will fall apart quickly, and then they go to landfills.
Spend a little extra on quality pieces of clothing to ensure they’ll last for years. Or if you don’t have much money, then shop at vintage/secondhand shops. There are lots of fashionable and high-quality garments you can buy at affordable prices.
An extra tip: wash your clothes in cold water. Not only will this help preserve your clothing, but it also reduces your carbon footprint.
Buy Less Stuff
At the core of things, a lot of us are materialistic, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, if you’re going overboard, then it’s time to reel things in.
Before you purchase items, ask yourself if you really need them. If you do, then try and get used or recycled things if possible. For appliances, equipment, and lighting, get ones that have the Energy Star label, as they’re more energy efficient.
In addition, bring your own reusable bags when you’re shopping. This can cut down on plastic bag usage.
Get Solar Panels
Going green with solar is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s a truly clean type of energy since it has zero emissions when gathering the power and using it too.
You might be worried about the initial cost of installation and labor, but trust us, it’s worth it in the end. Plus, there are government incentives that make the burden a bit lighter. And if you’re lucky, you live somewhere where you can sell back extra energy and get even more savings!
If you take good care of your solar panels, they can last up to three decades. So it’ll be worth it to pinch some pennies, save up, and have them installed on your property.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With Our Tips
If you’ve wanted to reduce your carbon footprint, but didn’t know where to start, then this article’s a great starting point. Most of our tips are easily implemented, and even the harder ones are doable with enough time.
So isn’t it time to make a difference? Once you get started, it’ll be easier than you thought. And if you share these tips with your loved ones, then you can get a movement going too!
Interested in living an eco-friendly lifestyle? Then find out more about sustainable living by reading the rest of our blog.