Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be a ton of work. There are simple things you can do that can make a huge difference in your carbon emissions. By being just a little conscious about the way you live your life, you can get your footprint down low enough that it’s near zero. Here are some realistic ways you can lower your carbon output.
Take Care of Your Car
You don’t have to go out and buy a new EV to make your transportation eco-friendly. Simple maintenance procedures can reduce your carbon footprint. Start by checking up on the air in your tires. When your tires are inflated to the proper PSI, they can save 400-700 pounds of CO2 per year and will also save you up to 3% on gas. Another thing that helps the environment is keeping your engine properly tuned. This sort of maintenance is quite easy to adhere to and getting your engine tuned can actually increase your car’s fuel efficiency by 40%. Here are some more tips on making sure your car is energy efficient.
Change the Way You Drive
Speaking of cars, another simple thing you can do right now is to become more conscious of the way you drive. Riding your brakes and accelerating quickly and unnecessarily will increase your fuel usage by up to 33%. Slow down and enjoy the ride while you reduce your carbon footprint.
Take Public Transportation
When people choose to take public transportation they are sharing the amount of fuel it takes to get to their destinations. Each of them uses less fuel than if they were driving alone in their own car. Taking public transportation will not only reduce your carbon footprint, it will save you tons of money over time.
Reconsider Your Air Travel
Along the same line as taking the bus, opting for economy class flights is an easy way to offset your carbon footprint. This is because more people are using the same plane to go somewhere which saves jet fuel. Another easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is by simply taking fewer flights. Opt for vacations close to home or even “staycations” in your city if you want to get away.
Be Mindful of Your Lights
The simple act of turning off your lights when you’re not using them will reduce your carbon footprint. Make it a rule: when nobody is in the room, the lights are off, no question! Another simple green thing you can do when it comes to lighting is to buy energy-efficient LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs.
Unplug Your Electronics
Even when your devices are off, they still use electricity if they are plugged in. Unplug your appliances when you’re not using them and be sure to take your phone off the charger when it’s at 100%.
Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances
Appliances that are energy efficient simply use less energy than their conventional counterparts. Due to energy efficient appliances, the US is saving 56% of their energy.
Avoid Fast Fashion
Stores like H&M and Forever 21 are known for degrading the environment. It’s called ‘fast fashion’ because it’s made for shoppers who like to buy their clothes on a whim to fit the latest trends. Although it has its benefits, the environmental impact is horrific. Many of the clothing actually contain toxic chemicals from the manufacturing process. These chemicals are super harmful to the environment. Choose organic clothing if you’re buying something new, or simply pick something at the thrift store.
Use the Three ‘R’s’
We’ve all heard of the phrase ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. But do you actually do it? When it’s put into practice, it shaves a ton of points off of your carbon footprint and it’s actually pretty easy. Here are some examples. Reduce your waste by buying less and being more conscious about your purchases. Go buy some reusable shopping bags and you can say goodbye to troublesome plastic bags for good. You can recycle many of the things you might normally throw away. Cardboard, plastic jugs and bottles, and glass can all be recycled. Keep this phrase in mind when you’re going about your daily life and you’ll be sure to find some easy ways to reduce your footprint even more.