Simple Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

October 11, 2016

Do you want to help the environment and reduce your carbon footprint but don’t know where to start? Then keeping reading! A carbon footprint is defined by Time for Change as the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by due to the consumption of fossil fuels by an individual. To reduce these emission there are so many simple things we can do to help and its up to use to make the change. The best way to get started in making a positive impact on our planet is with the little things, so here are our top, easy ways to help reduce your carbon footprint.

Buy a reusable water bottle

According to Ban The Bottle, plastic water bottles take between 400 and 1000 years to decompose, with only 20% being recycled. All of this could be completely avoided if we weren’t buying plastic water bottles in the first place. Investing in a reusable water bottle not only helps our planet, but your wallet too!

Turn off the lights

It seems very simple, but everything counts and similarly to the previous suggestions, it will also be more economical so why wouldn’t you?

Plan your errands

Next time you go to run errands, try to plan your route in the most efficient way. To do this, plan a logical route of places based on proximity and avoid busy times of the day.

Plant a tree

Trees convert CO2 into oxygen making them essential for our survival. The more trees, the less CO2 and more oxygen we will have so plant a few in your backyard or attend a community tree planting event.

Conserve water

Try to minimize your water use by condensing loads of laundry, waiting to turn on the dishwasher until it’s full and taking shorter showers. If you have a garden, another idea for water conservation is to install rain barrels to collect rainwater to use for watering your garden.

Start composting

Most of the garbage we produce is food waste, so by eliminating it we can significantly reduce the amount of garbage going to landfills. Most communities offer a composting pick up service, but if yours doesn’t there are also backyard composting options available.

Buy local

Not only does buying local help support your local community and us usually way more delicious, it also helps to reduce the amount of carbon emissions due to the transportation of your food. All the more reasons to visit your local community farms!

 

We hope you found some of the tips in this post helpful in aiding to reduce your carbon footprint. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact info@linleyparkestates.ca

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