Climate Week might be coming to an end but climate change is not, and there are easy lifestyle changes we can adopt to do our bit to help tackle climate change—from the big and more expensive (powering your home with solar panels) to the small and more accessible (switching to LED lightbulbs).
So, here are some steps you can take if you are looking for ways to cut down your carbon footprint.
Cut down on non-renewable energy sources
Installing solar panels and other forms of renewable energy systems in your home is a fantastic way of cutting your energy use, but it’s not feasible for everyone. Other ways of reducing your carbon footprint is simply cutting down on the amount of energy you use on a day-to-day basis—including reducing the air-con and heating—by putting on a jumper or using a hot water bottle instead of turning up the heat on the thermostat.
Change the way you travel
Ditching the car and switching to public methods of transport or choosing to cycle and walk places instead is another lifestyle change that benefits the environment. Alternatively, if public transport isn’t an option, you might want to try carpools or vanpools—or working from home (i.e. telecommuting), which cuts down on transport emissions by cutting back on travel.
Remember–reduce, reuse, recycle
Another tip: remember the three R’s. Reducing the amount of stuff we buy—whether that be clothes or tech—reduces the energy involved in the production of those products, which in turn reduces our carbon footprint. As well as ditching fast fashion and thinking twice before we upgrade, we can reduce energy use by reusing products purchased secondhand (vintage clothes, refurbished tech).