A Guide to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint at Home and Beyond


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Although it is easy to see what governments and your local city could be doing to suppress global warming, it is also important to take responsibility for your own carbon footprint and the energy that you use daily. If you want to protect your local natural environment, and that of the whole world, here are some of the most important steps that you can take to get proactive about looking after the environment. 

  • Shop Sustainably 

Your weekly food shop might be doing more harm than you realize to the planet. Luckily, changing your shopping habits is one of the easiest steps that you can take toward lowering your carbon footprint. For instance, you should research brands that are actively looking for ways to protect the environment, such as using less packaging, take a reusable bag with you when you shop, avoid products that contain ingredients that harm the environment, such as soy, and consider eating more vegetarian foods, even if you do not opt for a fully vegetarian lifestyle. 

  • Stay Fuel Efficient

Our roads are one of the biggest pollutants in the world, especially if you use your car to commute over long distances. Then, it would help if you considered ways that you can increase your fuel efficiency, such as swapping your vehicle for an electric car, opting to use public transport, or even looking for a car that uses less petrol than others. You should also consider the types of car parts that you are using. For instance, at Telletire, their high quality tires, maintenance and nitrogen air filling services can help to boost the fuel efficiency of your car and prevent you from having to replace these regularly. 

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  • Service and Buy Efficient Appliances

Although you might solely look at the color and facilities of your new appliance, it is important that you also check its efficiency, especially in terms of white goods such as fridges and freezers. Most appliances will have clear labels that allow you to find out how well they protect the environment and what their emissions are like, although you can also conduct research online to find this information. Servicing these regularly will also stop any potential loss of efficiency as they get older.

  • Make the Transition to Renewable Energies 

Although you might think that electricity and gas is the only option when it comes to sourcing energy for your home, this is not the case. For instance, if you own a fireplace, you should consider investing in bioethanol fires rather than wood-burning options. You should also consider installing solar panels into your home to create electricity from the sun, rather than from artificial reserves. 

  • Make Home Improvements

Many older homes also lack energy efficiency, and there are many simple ways that you can upgrade them. For instance, you should consider replacing your cavity wall insulation and opting for double or triple glazed windows that can prevent the energy that you do use from going to waste by keeping your home warmer for longer.

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