Reduce your carbon footprint

Going green seems to be the order of the century, but not without good reason. This is not some fresh way to inconvenience your life, global warming is causing a serious problem for our planet. If more is not done soon, there will be dire consequences over and above those that we are seeing everyday. There are a few things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

A carbon footprint is basically the amount of greenhouse gases, which we produce by our daily activities through burning fossil fuels. A primary carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon dioxide directly released from the fossil fuels, which we burn ourselves. This includes domestic energy consumption and transportation, things that we have direct control of. A secondary footprint is the amount of the indirect carbon dioxide that will eventually be released from the products we use. What this basically refers to are the carbon emissions associated with the manufacturing process of the products we use. Though burning fossil fuel is important for generating electricity, as well as for heating and transport, the impact on the environment and climate change is severe.

Developed countries are the largest contributors to global warming, with developing nations not too far behind. We may not even notice the little things we do to add to our own carbon footprint. We can blame industry and big businesses, but think about how many times you have made coffee or tea today, or how many times you have turned on the television. Every time you use electricity you are contributing to global warming.

The number of things you can start doing from this very moment to reduce your carbon footprint is astounding. Around the house, switch off your lights, you can turn down the central heating, and turn it off when you leave for work. In your living room or office, your television and computer should be off when you are not using them. In the kitchen, you should defrost your fridge/freezer on a regular basis. If you need that cup of coffee or tea, fill the kettle with only as much water as you need. When washing dishes or clothing, make sure you wash full loads, rather than wasting electricity and water on two socks and a plate. When your mobile phone is fully charged, unplug it. Do your weekly shopping in a single trip and opt for reusable shopping bags.

The production of the packaging uses added energy, and takes more space at landfill sites, so avoid using it if you can. Recycle glass, cans, and turn your household and garden waste into compost. You may want to get different bins to remind you to recycle. Buy recycled paper and plant a few trees. This will remove some carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

These are just some of the endless ways that you can use to reduce your carbon footprint. So do your bit for the environment and start saving today, for tomorrow.

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