In
recent years, there has been a growing concern over global pollution
and climate change. With the warm summer weather here, emissions are
sure to climb as people crank up their AC’s and travel long distances
for their week-long getaways.
If you
are looking for ideas to help the environment and save yourself some
money this summer, check out these eight ways to reduce your carbon
footprint.
1. Turn the thermostat up
2 degrees.
During
the hot summer months, you can reduce your household energy
consumption by turning your thermostat up 2° F. This small change
can result in a 5% savings on your monthly energy bill without
sacrificing the comfort of your family.
2. Be smart with your
light bulbs.
If you
are still using old, incandescent light bulbs in your home, upgrade
them to highly-efficient LED models. You should also turn off the
lights when you leave the room to save even more energy.
3. Bike, take the bus, or
carpool.
Whenever
possible, walk or ride your bike to completely eliminate any CO2
emissions. For longer trips, carpool or take public transportation to
drastically reduce your emissions by dividing it among several
people.
4. Insulate your home.
If your
home is poorly-insulated, your money could be going right out the
window – literally. A large portion of your air-conditioned air can
escape your home through your windows, doors, walls, and ceilings.
5. Take shorter showers.
Taking
a shower only uses 20% of the energy of a bath, and it uses less
water too. You can significantly reduce your water consumption by
making a conscious effort to get in and out of the shower as quickly
as possible.
6. Follow the speed
limit.
Speeding
and unnecessary acceleration can reduce your gas mileage by over 30%!
Maximize your fuel efficiency by obeying the speed limit and using
cruise control during long trips.
7. Unplug your devices.
Did you
know that your electronic devices can still drain energy when they
are turned off? Avoid this “phantom energy” usage by unplugging
all of your devices when they are not in use.
8. Reuse and recycle when
you can.
Every
household can reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by over 2,000
pounds each year simply by recycling household waste instead of
throwing it away. Every town has different rules about what can and
can’t be recycled, so it is best to consult your local government for
a comprehensive list.
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