If you live in the United States, your carbon footprint is about 16 tons per year. This is the average for a person in the United States, while the global average is around 4 tons per year.
Your carbon footprint (the number of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide you create) adds to the mass effect of everyone’s carbon footprint across the world and the effects of climate change.
While you can’t change the global average on your own, you can change what you can control and do your part.
Start with your space and read these 5 tips on how to live in a more green home!
Reduce your paper waster by going paperless.
Request your bills to all be online, with monthly statement reminders sent to your email. Ask for receipts to be emailed to you instead of printed.
You can also opt-out of prescreened credit offers to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.
Upgrade To Green Technologies
Technology doesn’t have to be your enemy if you want to reduce your carbon footprint. Choose options for your home that is Energy Star rated to reduce your energy consumption.
Installing a smart thermostat can help you keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient.
There are even upgrade options for your bathroom to reduce water usages, such as more efficient shower heads or dual flush toilets.
Consider Renewable Energy
You can reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your energy usage, by creating your own energy yourself, or by doing both!
Solar panels are a big investment but help you become independent and create your home’s energy by harnessing the power of the sun.
This step is a big one, and blueravensolar.com/blog/are-solar-panels-worth-it/ can help you decide if this is a good choice for you.
Replace Household Cleaners With Eco-Friendly Options
Household chemicals and containers at landfills are a major source of emissions. By replacing your household cleaners with eco-friendly cleaners and committing to reusable containers, you can reduce your contribution to the global carbon footprint.
Look for brands that are plant-based and use recyclable materials for their containers. Check the ingredients list to make sure there are no harmful chemicals.
Step Up Your DIY Game
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!
You’ve heard that before, and these tips have touched on different ways to reduce. Now it’s time to think about what you can reuse and recycle to further reduce that carbon footprint.
Check out local thrift stores for clothing or other items instead of buying new ones.
Find ways to DIY home decor with repurposed items.
Learn how to DIY household cleaners and repurpose old items for towels and cleaning cloths.
Enjoy Your Green Home
As you implement these tips and find yourself living in a more green home, pat yourself on the back! Good job making choices to help create green energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
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