The world is getting warmer. The greenhouse gases that come from our cars, refrigerators, and factories trap heat in the atmosphere and change the climate. Temperatures are rising faster than they have for centuries. If we don’t do something to stop global warming soon, it will get even hotter, and sea levels will rise higher, extreme weather events like floods and droughts will be more frequent, heatwaves might happen every year or two instead of once in a lifetime…the list goes on. The average person in America is responsible for about 30 tons of carbon dioxide per year. That’s a lot! The average American also spends 90% of their time indoors, and heating or cooling our homes accounts for about 14 percent of global warming emissions. It’s up to us to take responsibility for our planet by making small changes at home.
Here are some ways you can help reduce your impact on the environment at home:
– Turn up the heat in winter to 68 degrees or hotter (the EPA recommends this temperature if you have fuel oil). This may mean spending a little more money on utilities all year round, but reducing emissions from other sources like driving less and eating less meat is worth reducing. It will also save energy by keeping everyone warmer without turning up the thermostat again when they come back inside.
– Turning appliances off when not in use saves energy and money. For example, turn off the lights and TVs when you go to bed or leave the room, as these suck up energy 24/hours even if they are turned on. The same goes for computers left running on standby mode.
– Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth or shave and close the water tap when brushing your dishes.
– Use a clothesline outside during good weather as an alternative to turning on dryer heat for every load and running up electricity bills unnecessarily; if two people are living at home, such as parents with children, use one machine between both loads so that each person has their own set of clean laundry instead of doubling up.
– Recycle everything you can – even things like junk mail, plastic bags, and aluminum cans!
– Walk or ride a bicycle when going to places instead of driving a car if you can to save carbon footprint. Plus walking and riding a bicycle is a great exercise too.
– Avoid buying bottled water by getting a reusable container to fill up at home or asking for your own tap water, which is much cheaper. The same thing also with coffee when going to coffee shops.
– When buying things that will need electricity, always consider the energy consumption and your need. For example, if you got tempted to buy a massage chair and need a small massager, you might consider buying a massage gun. We have compared some of the best models of massage guns, and it saves money, energy, and even space at home since they can be carried anywhere compared to a massage chair. You can then look at the different factors like the battery life and charging time once you have decided to buy it. Picking between 2 of the most trusted brands can be hard, but look at the real cost that you will pay for it, which is not just the price of it but how much you will spend after buying it and the effects that it will have on you and the environment.
– Replace any light bulbs with LED lights to save energy because they use less power than incandescent bulbs do but emit enough lumens for most lighting needs; be aware though that some people might not like them due to their low color temperature (i.e., they can feel eerie when turned on).
– Have some plants in your yard or indoor plants in your home as it can help to have fresh air and lessen the warm breeze during summer. In addition, plants can help with global warming due to filtering out carbon dioxide emissions from houses. Plant trees around your property which will help shade it, lower its temperature, and add beauty as well as oxygen to the atmosphere–all of which contribute to fighting global warming! If planting new trees is not feasible, prune existing ones periodically not to cast too much shade onto neighboring properties.
– Improving insulation helps keep homes warmer during winter months while retaining cool air during summer months. Ensure proper insulation by installing weather stripping around doors and windows, caulking cracks around pipes under sinks or near toilets, putting storm windows over existing ones during winter months, and sealing any gaps between exterior walls with foam insulation sealant (note: homeowners can buy this material cheaply from hardware stores).
With global warming on the rise and our planet heating up, we all have to do our part in reducing carbon emissions. There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and it all starts at home with small changes. In this blog post, we’ve talked about a few of the ways you can reduce your own environmental footprint at home using simple methods that don’t cost much money or time. There are many easy changes you can make right away to help save energy and keep Earth cool! Which one of these has resonated with you?