Health & Medical Self-Improvement

50 Ways to reduce your Carbon Emissions

GETTING AROUND

Downsize your car

If you drive a 4x4, downsize to a smaller family car. If you drive a car around town, why not consider a scooter for the short journeys? A smaller vehicle uses less fuel to get around, and produces lower emissions.
Other benefits: Saves money.

Drive more efficiently
Don't speed up or slow down suddenly- look ahead at traffic lights and slow down early.  Make sure you don't drive too fast. This can reduce your fuel consumption by up to 13%. 
Other Beneifts: Saves money, and can make you a safer driver

Check your tyre pressure
Having your tyres correctly inflated can significantly cut down your fuel consumption.
Other Benefits: Saves money & can make you safer on the roads.

Don't fill up the tank all the way
It may be convenient to 'fill ‘er up' every time you visit the pumps, but it does mean that you're driving around with gallons of extra weight on board.  By leaving your tank half empty, your fuel consumption and emissions are reduced.
Other Benefits: Save money, and reduces use of non-renewable resources

Cycle or walk on journeys of less than 1 mile
For that quick drive to the shops or to pick the kids up from school, why not think of another way to travel? Walking or cycling is good for your health, and might even be quicker in heavy traffic.
Other Benefits: Saves money, improves fitness

Cut down milage by doing several tasks in one trip
If you've got lots of errands to run, plan your day ahead so that you can do them all in one trip. This will cut down on mileage considerably.
Other benefits: saves time, saves money

Holiday at home- cut down your flights
Why not explore your own area, rather than flying to the other side of the world? 
Other Benefits: Saves money

Car-share
If you have a regular commute, why not car-share with a collegue, or someone who works nearby? Look out for car-share schemes.
Other Benefits: Saves money, make new friends

Use public transport
Where possible, use public transport to get around, rather than driving. A bus can hold 30 cars worth of people. One engine running, rather than 30 – that's a lot of emissions reduced.
Other Benefits: Reduces congestion

Get an electric car
Although they've still not really taken off, these are the way to get about in the future. If you're thinking of replacing your car, why not look into it? 
Other Benefits: Saves money

Shop locally
Do you really need to go to the massive supermarket on the other side of town to get the things you need? Or can you go to the local shop up the road? 
Other Benefits: Saves time

Jog, rather than using a treadmill
If you're using the treadmill, who wants to be stuck in a sweaty gym? Why not go for a job instead, maybe in the park. Are there showers at work? Why not jog into work, saving time commuting too?
Other Benefits: Saves Money

FOOD & DRINK

Get some chickens
Do you have room for a few chickens? A few good chickens can produce a good supply of eggs. As well as saving you money, it reduces emissions used in transporting and packaging eggs from a farm or battery.
Other Benefits: Save money, gives a chicken a better home than a battery cage

Grow your own veg and fruit
Green fingers? Why not grow a few vegetables in the garden? This saves emissions on transport and packaging.
Other Benefits: Saves money

Buy seasonal foods
Think about what grows naturally in each season the year. Strawberries in Summer, Apples in Autumn, Parsnips in Winter… Why not eat more of these things at their proper time. If you do this, they are more likely to be grown locally. If you each Strawberries in December, they've probably been imported from Egypt – that's a lot of carbon emissions.
Other Benefits: Saves money

Buy locally sourced foods
Where possibly, buy locally sourced fods. This reduces emissions caused by transporting meat, and other foods around the country. There's likely to be fewer preservatives in the food, so better for your insides too.
Other Benefits: Healthier, Good for local economy

Use a washing up bowl, rather than the whole sink
This will save a little bit of hot water every time you wash up, which over the course of a year mounts up to a big savings
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Avoid using the microwave
If you're cooking a meal, plan so that everything is cooked in the oven so you can avoid running the microwave too. Although they're fast, microwaves use loads of power.
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Get a thicker douvet so you can turn off the heating at night
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Close the fridge and freezer doors
It's easy to leave the freezer or fridge door open – either by forgetting to sut it when you leave the room, or leaving it open while you're cooking. The warm air that gets into the fridge while you do this means, that your fridge/freezer has to work a lot harder. You can save a lot of energy by making sure it's shut whenever possible.
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Keep your freezer well- stocked
An empty freezer uses more energy than a full one – keep your freezer well-stocked to reduce energy usage.
Other Benefits: Saves Money


Cook several meals at the same time
When you're cooking a meal, why not produce more than you need, and freeze some for another day? This means you don't need to put the oven on for every meal. This is particularly effective if you live alone.
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Reduce temperature of hotwater
Does your boiler allow you to adjust the temperature to which is heats your hot-water?
If so, how hot do you really need it? Set it to a more reasonable level. Other Benefits: Saves Money

AROUND THE HOUSE

Only fill kettle to enough water
When you're making a cuppa, make sure you don't over-fill the kettle. Otherwise, you're heating up unused water every time.
Other Benefits: Saves money, saves water

Always switch off the lights
It's easy to leave the lights on, but by making sure that you always switch them off when not needed, you'll save loads of electricity, especially in winter. Other Benefits: Saves money

Switch to low energy bulbs
Replacing your standard bulbs to low-energy bulbs is the easiest way to cut your emissions, as well as your fuel bills. You might even be able to get low- energy bulbs for free from your energy supplier.
Other Benefits: Saves money


Shower rather than bath
Showers use significantly less water than baths, and so use less energy to heat the water. Why not have a shower instead of a bath?
Other Benefits: Save time, saves money, saves water

Switch appliances off (not just on standby)
An appliance on stand-by uses almost as much energy as if it were switched on. Switch it off at the wall, or, even better, unplug it when not in use…
Other Benefits: Saves money

Unplug appliances when not in use
Even when switched off, sockets still give out a little power. Make it easy for yourself by putting several appliances on a multi-plug adaptor.
Other Benefits: Saves money

Switch to a green electricity tarrif
Many energy suppliers are now offering ‘Green' Tarrifs, which use only renewable energy sources, such as wind farms and hydro-power. Why not ask your supplier about switching?
Other Benefits: Cuts Fossil-fuel usage

Wear an extra layer and reduce your thermostat.
Do you need to turn up the heating while you're still just wearing a t-shirt? Think about how you can dress warmer around the house, so you don't have to have the heating so high.
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Make use of heating timer
Set only to come on when somebody is at home. Set it to go off when there's nobody in. Simple.
Other Benefits: Saves money

Use timers for lights on your fish-tank, so it's not left on all day
If you have fish, don't leave the tank light on all the time – put it on a timer-plug, so that it comes on only when you're going to see it.
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Hang washing out to dry, rather than using a dryer
On a sunny day, why use the dryer? Tumble Dryers use massive amounts of electricity, so avoid using them when possible
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Cut down washing machine temperatures
Consider what you're washing, and switch the temperature to the minimum that will do the job.
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Turn off radiators in rooms you don't use
Are there rooms in your house that you rarely go in? Why not turn off the radiators in those rooms?
Other Benefits: Saves Money

SHOPPING

Choose a smaller TV
When you're buying a new TV, why not pick a slightly smaller screen-size. Not only will this be cheaper, it will use less electricity, and therefore be responsible for producing less emissions.
Other Benefits: Saves Money

Buy large goods locally
It's often easier, and sometimes cheaper to order purchases online.  However if you're buying a large item, could you find it in the shops instead?  The emissions caused by shipping can be significantly reduced if you buy it yourself from a local supplier.

Buy energy efficient appliances
When you're next buying a fridge, washing machine, oven, microwave, heater or toaster, look at the energy efficiency ratings. Choosing an efficient appliance will not only save you money, but also cut down your emissions. 
Other Benefits: Saves money

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Plant some fruit trees in your garden
If you have space, why not plant some fruit trees?  Not only will this produce some delicious fruit in the years to come, it will also help to reduce the carbon in the air, and reduce emissions used in importing fruit.
Other Benefits: Free fruit

Get solar panels
If you have the cash, why not consider installing Solar Panels. Not only does this produce carbon-free energy, you can also make money through the government's Clean Energy Cashback Scheme. If you don't have cash to buy your own, you could also check out ‘rent a roof' schemes where the solar panels will be installed on your roof for free.
Other Benefits: Reduce energy costs or even make a profit

Get a wind turbine
Do you have space for a domestic wind turbine? Check out your eligibility for grants, and also local planning permission. Not only can you save money on your electricity bill, you could also sell some back to the national grid.
Other Benefits: Reduce energy costs or even make a profit

Get a hydro electric pump
Do you have a stream in your garden or land? If so, look into getting a hydro-electric pump. 
Other Benefits: Reduce energy costs or even make a profit

Insulate loft and walls
Unless your home is properly insulated, you're probably loosing a lot of heat through the walls and roof. Contact your local council to see if they offer any grants for this. 
Other Benefits: Saves money

Get double-glazing
This may be an obvious one, but if your house isn't already double-glazed, get it done! If you rent, ask your landlord about it.
Other Benefits: Saves Money, improves security, reduces noise

Fit draft excluders
You'd be surprised how much cold air comes into your home under the doors and through the letter-box. Fit draft excluders to cut this out, making big savings in your energy usage.
Other Benefits: Saves Money

IN THE OFFICE

Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer
Laptops use considerably less power than desk-top computers. They're also portable, meaning you can use them wherever you want.
Other Benefits: Saves money

Unplug your phone and laptop when they've finished charging.
Loads of energy is wasted if you have your laptop or phone plugged in when it's fully charged. To avoid this may mean doing it during the daytime rather than at night, but it's definitely worth it.
Other Benefits: Saves Money, Improves battery life.

Switch off monitor when not using
When you go to make a cuppa, or spend a penny, switch off your computer monitor. This will save a lot of energy over the course of a year.
Other Benefits: Saves Money, Improves privacy

Use email instead of post
Think about the post that you send - forms, payments, letters to family?  Can you cut down the post you send by using email, or doing it online or by phone? Sending a letter means transporting it across the country, producing significant carbon emissions.  Think before sending that letter next time
Other Benefits: Saves Money, Time & Non-renewable Resources
  • When you've reduced your Carbon Emissions as far as possible, offset the rest at www.CleanMyCarbon.com, and be Carbon Neutral today.
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