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8 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

Updated on December 28, 2011

Carbon footprint is a way to measure the impact each of us have on the environment, especially in relation to climate change. Our carbon footprint is an estimation of the amount of greenhouse gases that each of us uses. Reducing your carbon footprint reduces the negative impact you are having on the planet. Here are 8 ways to reduce your carbon footprint:

1. Use a lower temperature on your washing machine

It takes a lot of energy to heat the water in a washing machine, and it is often unnecessary as most modern detergents are designed to work at lower temperatures. Even on the lowest temperature settings, a good washing machine and detergent should adequately clean and remove stains from your clothing.

2. Buy local produce

If you buy your groceries from a retail outlet or supermarket, your food has probably had to travel a long way to get to your plate. The further your food has to travel, the more energy and fuel will be used, and the more waste will be produced. Buy locally-produced food whenever possible.

3. Buy loose

The amount of waste produced by excess packaging, such as that on most pre-packed meat, fruit and vegetables, is a huge drain on the Earths resources. Buy your food loose, not pre-packed.

4. Turn your thermostat down by a few degrees

Switching your thermostat to a lower temperature can save a significant amount of energy over the space of a year.

5. Quit drinking bottled water

The production process used for creating and distributing plastic bottles has a large carbon footprint. Invest in a water filter to purify your tap water instead, there are many cost-effective options available. This will also save you money in the long term because your outlay after getting the filter is renewal of filters. Good filters can last for several months doeending on your level of usage.

6. Plant some trees

If you have enough space in your garden, plant some trees to help absorb the impurities in the environment. Even just one or two small trees can help to offset some of the damage we are doing to our planet.

7. Check your home for energy leaks

Make sure your home is adequately insulated, and keep up-to-date on all servicing and maintenance tasks for your gas and electrical appliances. Fix any dripping taps or water leaks.

8. Unplug your electrical appliances

Don’t leave appliances in standby mode; this still uses up energy and also runs up your electric bill. Unplug all appliances when not in use, especially items such as televisions, computers and mobile phones.

2011 Moira G Gallaga©

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for all the great suggestions...every time I read a list like this I find one more thing I could be doing.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      All excellent suggestions! I do smile a bit over the suggestion of unplugging electrical appliances. That is a huge pet peeve with my husband. He has always insisted we unplug appliances when we are not using them. While I do that easily on most things like the toaster & blender, I always hated losing the clock on my coffee pot and then it blinking at me when we plugged it back in. Now, I will just tell my coffee pot that I am trying to leave less footprints :)

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      You're welcome LauraGT, and thank you for your comment.

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks for the useful tips!

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Solarwind9, mvaivata, thank you for your comments. I'm glad you found the information in the hub useful.

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      mvaivata 6 years ago

      Really useful tips. Thank you!

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      SolarWind9 6 years ago from New York

      Excellent suggestions for reducing energy usage. Thanks for the Hub.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Guys, thank you for your kind words and for your encouragement. I am glad you all liked it and found it useful.

      Greenwashing sounds interesting, I am going to look up your article about that. Thanks for the tip.

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      bschnabel 6 years ago from Vermont

      haha! this is awesome! i just wrote an article on here about companies greenwashing products. Very well written! Keep it up!

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Great tips. I think many people do the obvious things (like turning down the temperatures on their refrigerator, heater, and washing machine), but often miss the importance of buying local to reduce the pollution caused by shipping products cross-country (or internationally)!

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      Robin Oatley 6 years ago

      These are some very good tips! It's the simple things that matter. Good hub!