There are many things you can do to help reduce your personal Carbon footprint and the best place to start is by looking at how you interact with the world around you and what you do in your everyday life.
For most people there are two parts of their lives where a few minor changes can have a large impact overall. The first area is in your home and the second with your car, which will cover in a later article.
Reducing Your Homes Carbon Footprint
The best place to start when considering ways to reduce your overall carbon footprint is to take a look at your house. The vast majority of your homes heat is lost through your roof and so the best place to start is at the top. Once you’ve taken care of any heat leaks through the attic and roof of your home it’s time to start moving down into the lower levels. Consider re-insulating and also take a look at your windows which or another massive culprit for heat loss.
Once these items are done it’s time to look at ways to reduce your energy use in the home. Are you able to turn off more lights when you’re not using them? Are there ways to unplug electronic devices or discontinue their use altogether? Your home’s clothes dryer is another major culprit and massive energy consumer. in warmer climates you can consider drying clothes outside. Even in colder climates if you’re going to heat your home a simple oscillating fan can help to dry clothes indoors. These are all great tips to help reduce your footprint but are secondary when considering the amount of heat lost through your homes roof especially in colder climates like Nanaimo Canada where temperatures frequently dip below zero degrees.
The most important tip of all is to simply be cognizant of your overall energy expenditure and just how much you’re using. By doing this you’ll start to find new and clever ways to help reduce your carbon footprint and make the world a cleaner, safer, and better place to live. For more great tips you can visit the David Suzuki Foundation here, or the Natural Resources Defense Council here.