Want to reduce your carbon footprint?
It’s easier than you think.
Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t need to be a guessing game. If you are ready to lower your energy bills and improve the efficiency of your home, take a look at the following five ways you can get started.
Let’s take a closer look.
Transporting food over long distances requires an incredible amount of energy.
This is why so many environmental scientists suggest that families shop locally whenever possible. Options such as farmers markets not only provide you with delicious food, but you will also know exactly where your food is coming from.
Upgrade to Artificial Grass
Not many homeowners realize just how much it takes to keep their grass alive throughout the year. In addition to chemical pesticides and fertilizer, most lawns require hundreds of gallons of water per year.
Artificial grass is attractive, requires almost no maintenance, and offers excellent drainage during rainstorms.
Improve Your Insulation
Neglecting your home’s insulation can be a costly mistake.
Even though insulation strips and sprays are designed to last for quite a few years, these products can easily become damaged from pests, moisture, and extreme temperatures. In addition to inspecting your attic and crawlspaces for damaged insulation, you should also take a look at your pipes and water heater.
Ban Bottled Water
The use of non-reusable water bottles has become a worldwide epidemic.
The average American uses almost 200 bottles per year but only recycles 38 of those bottles. Investing in a residential water filter and a few reusable bottles could save you hundreds of dollars and do wonders for the environment.
Reduce Phantom Loads
Almost all electronic devices will continue to draw power as long as they are plugged in.
Some experts claim that these phantom loads cost the average family anywhere from $100 to $200 per year. The easiest way to prevent these loads is to install power strips throughout your home. By hooking all of your devices up to power strips, you can stop multiple phantom loads at once by hitting a single switch.