How Low Can You Go: Tips on Lowering Your Home's Carbon Footprint
The effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions starts at home. Carbon dioxide accounts for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, and electricity makes up the largest portion of CO2 emissions. This means that in order to lower your carbon footprint, you must look to the electricity-hungry appliances in your home with a critical eye.
Some of the worst electricity-guzzling culprits are the desktop computer and clothes dryer. In order to cut down on wasted energy, consider drying your clothing on a line outside in the warmer months. For appliances and devices that are entirely necessary, keep in mind that unplugging them when not in use can save you money, and send less carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Remember, just because a device is not turned on, does not mean it isn't using power. Make a habit of unplugging your countertop appliances all at once so you don't forget.
Luckily, manufacturers are starting to make energy-efficient appliances standard. Replacing your current appliances with Energy Star versions can save you thousands of dollars on your energy bill over several years. Until you are in a position to replace your appliances, there are some efforts you can make to reduce your usage of your current ones. For example, planning meals in advance can decrease your need to use the oven and stove. Boil several eggs at once rather than that single day's portion, and be mindful of not preheating the oven too far in advance of your food prep.
Adopting these measures, both large and small, is enough to reduce the size of your household's carbon footprint.
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