May 13, 2013

Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the role they can play in helping to preserve the planet, and one of the most effective ways to ‘go green’ is to work on reducing your carbon footprint.

A few energy-savings measures around the home are all that is needed to give a nod to Mother Nature and help to reduce your energy bills at the same time. Here’s how:

Adjust your thinking

It is very important that we are all aware of the easiest and most effective ways that we can make energy-saving changes in the home. These don’t have to be particularly complex changes either. Whether it is installing energy-saving light bulbs in rooms throughout the house or using energy-efficient heating oil such as K+, sometimes even simple changes can have a major impact.

Minimise C02 production

Whether it’s doing your weekly wash at 30 degrees instead of 40 (using around 40% less energy) or any other simple measure, there are a number of ways that you can work to reduce your production of C02 both directly and indirectly.

As well as minimising energy wastage around your home, such as completely turning off electrical gadgets in your home and opting to take showers instead of baths, you can also look at the bigger picture, such as the C02 that is produced to transport the food in your weekly shop.

Instead of purchasing food that may have travelled thousands of miles, try to buy local or even consider growing your own.

Offset your C02 production

While we still rely on fossil fuels for many of our everyday tasks from cooking to driving, going emissions-free can seem like an uphill task. This is where carbon offsetting comes in, allowing you to purchase offset credits, which are used towards projects that help to reduce greenhouse emissions – such as tree planting projects - effectively helping you to balance the scales. 

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