Cutting the greenhouse gases emission might seem to you like too big of a fight to tackle at home. Well, that’s simply not true! If we all do our part, we can win the battle against climate change and build a better future for all of us. The best part is – you can start doing your right now! You just have to follow these tips and you’ll be already making a change for the better.
1 – Replace five light bulbs
Upgrading your light fixtures and their bulbs is probably one of the most popular tips there are to cut emissions at home. What you probably didn’t know is that you only need to replace 5 of your outdated ones to start making savings. With Energy Star products, you’ll be saving around $70 a year on energy bills while you’ll also use 75% less energy than with your standard lighting. Add to it that they’ll last up to 50 times longer than the regular bulbs and you’ll see why this is one of the best first steps you can take.
2 – Get an energy audit
The hard fact is pretty self-explanatory: 21% of all the energy used in the US is consumed at home. Given how much the planet is suffering with our current energy generation systems, cutting the amount of energy you use in your house definitely seems to be in everyone’s best interests. Of course, you can’t know how much of that abuse is yours unless you get an energy audit. With it, you’ll see how much of the energy you use at home goes to waste and you can make a plan to improve your usage. A professional can aid you assess your home and think of the best plan for you.
3 – Use a carbon footprint calculator
Since we’re already on the topic, there’s another thing you can do to best inform yourself about your impact on our planet – use a carbon footprint calculator! EPA's is the perfect choice to estimate your greenhouse gas emissions according to the energy you use, how you move around town and how you dispose of your garbage. What good does this do for you? You can identify potential emission sources you’d never thought existed on your home. Remember – knowledge is power!
4 – Eat organically, think locally
Another hard fact to give you some perspective - 13% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions result from the production and transport of food. That’s a LOT! Fortunately, the solution is within your reach and will benefit you, your community and the environment – just buy locally-produced food! By cutting the food transportation, you’ll be helping to reduce emissions. Plus, you’ll eat healthier dishes and you’ll give a boost to your community’s economy! When you think about it, it’s almost ridiculous not to do it!
5 – Go with the 3 Rs
By now, you’ve probably heard about the 3 Rs - reduce, reuse, recycle. And you might even imagine why the 3 of them are great for the planet, for you, for everybody actually. However, remembering their exact benefits is the perfect way to understand why you should be chasing after them as of today. Following the Rs will help reduce pollution and emissions from the whole manufacturing process, cut the amount of garbage you throw out and it even will let you save some money!
6 – Plant as much trees as you can
At Treeium, we made a commitment to plant a tree with every remodel we work on. Now, we don’t say you make a similar pledge but you should do something along the same lines, though. Basically, we’re encouraging you to plant a tree – or many! Trees use carbon dioxide (up to 48 pounds per year) and will give you oxygen shade to chill on the warmest days. Besides, you should know that only one 10-year-old tree is enough to provide oxygen for two persons, so you’ll be benefitting someone else besides you!
7 – Spread the word
This may be a more indirect method to reduce carbon emissions but it’s as effective as all of the above. Spreading the message of the need for a change can create a stir within your community and make other follow your example. Feel like leading something in a bigger scale? Fight for climate policies, make your voice be heard, start a campaign. We need more people that point out the importance of making things differently. We are doing that and we could use some help!
Little actions can have great effects. All of these are within your reach and you can start doing them any day you want. The important thing is to start acting as soon as possible to be a part of the construction of a better future.
Posted September 14, 2016
by Gabriel Posternak.