Reducing your carbon footprint at home is an important step in addressing climate change. Some of these items may be more difficult, but everyone can do their part to reduce their carbon footprint. Here are some ways homeowners can reduce their carbon footprint.
Go Solar: Yes, we may be biased — but going solar provides clean, zero-emission electricity to power your home. Enact can help homeowners go solar in around two months! Solar panels produce no greenhouse gas and don’t require water. Plus solar panels can be installed on your roof and power your home.
Energy-Efficient Appliances: Consider finding energy efficient appliances to reduce electricity and water consumption — which saves the earth and can save you money! When you need newer appliances, consider upgrading to energy-efficient ones with the Energy Star label.
LED Lighting: Replace your incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulbs. LED bulbs are energy efficient, last longer and use less electricity. It’s that simple.
Insulation: Ensure your home is properly insulated from hot and cold temperatures. Proper insulation reduces your need for air conditioning and heating. This ultimately saves you money and energy. Make sure your walls, roof and windows are insulated.
Drive Less: You don’t have to get rid of your car to go green. Instead, consider carpooling, taking public transportation or riding your bike. This helps reduce vehicle emissions from exhaust.
This might be tough, but the New York Times says you can also make sure you service your car regularly, go easy on the gas and brakes and check your tire pressure more often.
Eat less meat: Not all foods are equally good for the planet. Try reducing your consumption of meat — especially red meat — and dairy products. You don’t have to be vegan to make a difference. Try eating more fruits and veggies, consider meatless Mondays or buying local food.
Other easy ways to go green include wasting less food and composting vegetable and fruit food scraps.
Recycle properly: This one may seem obvious, because recycling allows us to reuse resources. But not everything can be recycled which makes our recycling infrastructure more inefficient. Always check what can and can’t be recycled in your area. Some things might surprise you.
Beyond your local municipal recycling scheme, many businesses and nonprofits offer recycling services for items such as clothing, fabrics and even electronics.