Sustainable living. You have heard about it, but do you really know what it is? Did you know that your carbon footprint is directly related to sustainable living?
Most people today do not relate their carbon footprint with sustainable living. Everyone wants to live a clean, green life, however, there is clearly not enough education on how to do so, or even why you should consider it. So, what is a carbon footprint and how does it relate to sustainable or green living?
A carbon footprint is indicated by the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, as a direct result from the activities that you encounter on a daily basis. The increased carbon dioxide has been shown to have devastating effects on many aspects of our planet, including weather patterns, melting icebergs, and severity of weather. Yes, there are ways in which you can reduce or limit your carbon footprint, starting at home:
- Recycle – this is probably the most obvious thing you can do at home. Recycling plastic and paper will use less energy and will help save valuable natural resources.
- Light bulbs – considering changing your lightbulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs. Just one bulb is responsible for over 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide in its lifetime. Changing them to more energy efficient CFL bulbs will decrease this to half that amount.
- Turn off and unplug – many devices today are left on when not in use. This consumes energy constantly, and can even increase your energy bill. A good rule of thumb is to turn off and even unplug when not in use.
- Vehicles – the number one culprit of carbon dioxide is automobiles. Try to reduce the amount of time you spend on the road. There are ways in which you can cut down your vehicle time, such as carpooling, walking, riding a bike, or taking the bus.
- Water – try to stay away from bottled water. It is best to filter your own water at home. There are many affordable options for filtering.
- Food – purchase locally grown food whenever possible. Your best option is to grow your own food, however, this is not possible for many. When you purchase locally grown foods, you help to cut down on the number of trucks used to carry foods across the country.
- Plants and trees – one of the best ways to help cut carbon dioxide is to plant trees and other plants. Trees provide oxygen and consume carbon dioxide, while providing you with beautiful shade and tons of fun.
As you can see, there are many ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint and maintain a green lifestyle. Discover new ways to help save energy in your home. Be creative!
By Tammy Moorehead, CHHP for the 50 Plus Report