Top 5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

LED light bulbs have become very popular in recent years, and apart from the corresponding economic relief that comes from a reduced utility bill, one of the primary benefits of switching to LED light bulbs is the energy savings. For those looking for other reasons to make the move to LED lighting, the issue of greenhouse gas reduction must also be addressed.

One of the leading causes of pollution is energy consumption stemming from the combustion of fossil fuels. This consumption is also responsible for decline air quality, and climate change experts have revealed that the declining atmosphere is largely a result of dramatic increases in energy production from fossil fuels since the industrial revolution.

Top 5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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The term “carbon footprint” pops up whenever scientists express concerns about the environment, but what does do these two words actually mean? Simply, every person on the planet is produces a certain amount of greenhouse gasses and carbon responsible for environmental degradation and climate change. The United States of America’s carbon footprint is disproportionately larger than the rest of the world’s population, and environmental activists have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to reduce the country’s carbon greenhouse production.

Reducing energy consumption will decrease the environmental impact of daily activities that produce greenhouse gasses, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to invest in LED lighting and other energy services. Here are a few more ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

Buy Organic and Local Food

One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to buy local, organic or fair trade produce. If the food that you eat is locally produced, there’s a better chance that it was grown in an eco-friendly way. This can apply to drinks too, and coffee beans often have a large carbon footprint due to the amount of distance they travel all over the world. Eating at restaurants that serve local food is also beneficial.

Packaging

You can also reduce your carbon footprint by buying products that have limited packaging. For example, buy loose fruit and vegetables instead of those that come in packets. Reusing your shopping bags when going to the grocery store is additional beneficial to the environment.

Stop Drinking Bottled Water

Bottled water produces one of the biggest carbon footprints on the planet, so if you’re going to buy a bottle of water, make sure that you reuse it. Many restaurants have stopped serving bottled water, and instead invested in filtration systems to make tap water extra safe. Although a lot of plastic water bottles are recycled, there is still a large proportion in circulation which are not.

Take Direct Flights

Gas guzzling aeroplanes are the biggest criminals when it comes to carbon footprints, so if you’re looking to reduce your effect on the environment, make sure you take direct flights to your destination instead of connecting ones.

Unplug Your Appliances!

This is probably the most simple and effective way to reduce your carbon footprint, and apart from saving you money in utility bills, unplugging the appliances in your home that you’re not using will reduce your individual energy output, subsequently helping the environment.

This article was written on behalf of energy services provider Ener-G.

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