In recent years, more and more people are becoming aware of the impact their habits make on the world around them.
And indeed, it’s hard not to gain awareness thanks to increased news coverage of extreme weather events across the world and recent studies even suggesting that the world is close to sustaining irreversible damage due to climate change.
With all this in mind, we’ve written this article to share three ways you can reduce your carbon footprint in 2023.
Improve energy efficiency
Your carbon footprint is closely connected with your home’s energy efficiency. The more water and heat your home use up, the more resources are wasted, and emissions are released.
Fortunately, there are some simple changes available that can help improve energy efficiency for homeowners, including:
- Switching to LED lighting – This type of lighting is more efficient than old incandescent or halogen bulbs. Thanks to this, they can also save you money over the long term.
- Upgrading household appliances – Newer models are designed to be more efficient, so switching to new models is effective, especially if your current appliances are outdated.
- Installing roof, wall, and floor insulation – This is one of the most effective changes you can make. Roof and floor insulation are also relatively inexpensive, whereas prices for wall insulation vary depending on which type you need.
- Investing in double or triple-glazed windows – Older properties stand to benefit the most from these excellent insulators.
Implement some of these changes in order to improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint.
Be more eco-friendly with your diet
Our food has a surprisingly significant impact on the environment. This is because the production of meat and dairy products uses a lot of water and energy. In addition to this, it produces a large quantity of greenhouse emissions.
To illustrate this point, data published by Statista shows that cattle farming emitted the equivalent of 5.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020.
By reducing the demand for animal products, we can reduce the need for production. So, by cutting down on the amount of red meat in your diet, you can make a big difference.
Shop sustainable brands
Believe it or not, fashion is one of the most polluting and wasteful industries in the world. If you make a conscious decision to choose sustainable brands when you’re shopping, you can do your part to make fashion more eco-friendly.
Sustainable brands typically use materials and processes that have a low impact on the environment. Their finished products are made to last a long-time, reducing the likelihood of waste and the need for mass production.
Which changes will you be implementing to reduce your carbon footprint?