21 simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint

By   March 21, 2015

reduce carbon footprintHave you ever tried to calculate and  mitigate your carbon emission? There are several ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

Carbon footprint is a measure of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions of a defined population, system or activity, considering all relevant sources, sinks and storage within the spatial and
temporal boundary of the population, system or activity of interest. Calculated as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) It can be calculated for companies, individuals, events, products and so on.

You can calculate your carbon footprint using one of the carbon footprint calculators available on the internet.

I would like to share you some ideas, simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save energy costs.

  1. Save energy on electricity and electronics. Switch off the light when it is not necessary to use.
  2. Use LED or energy efficient light bulbs
  3. Purchase the most energy efficient electronic devices, check energy label of the machines
  4. Prefer laptop when buying a computer.
  5. Choose green power that you can purchase on behalf of your electricity supplier.
  6. Choose public transport instead of driving your car. It is possible to reduce your carbon footprint generated during transportation generally if you can save fuel burned.
  7. Use fuel additive to make burning more efficient. You can take the same distance using less fuel with energy efficiency
  8. During driving when it is possible, maintain a steady speed and accelerating slowly and smoothly
  9. Buy foods locally when it is possible. Carbon footprint from transportation can be reduced.
  10. Reuse and recycle waste. Organic waste in a landfill generates methane emission which is much stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
  11. Use renewable energy in your home, solar heater, photovoltaics or wind turbine, if it is possible.
  12. Apply water-conserving showerheads and toilets in your bathroom
  13. Insulate your boiler.
  14. Insulate your flat or house as proper as you can. You can save a huge amount of energy. Check windows and walls.
  15. Eat less meat and don’t waste food. For instance poultry is less greenhouse gas intensive than beef.
  16. Work from home occasionally when it is possible, and you can skip some travel carbon emissions
  17. Consider saving a file on your computer, in a flash drive or emailing it instead of printing.
  18. When you need to print double-side print saves not only energy but paper too.
  19. Replace as many business trips as possible with video calls.
  20. Calculate your carbon footprint regularly, at least in every year. After calculation you may consider further steps and possible ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
  21. If you can not reduce it anymore, then consider carbon offsetting, for example which helps renewable energy projects in developing countries.

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