October 19, 2020
Figuring out ways to reduce carbon emissions and where to start can be daunting. To help you find the best ways we’re going to explain what carbon emissions are to give you a better understanding and also explain the effects of carbon footprints.
What are Carbon Emissions?
Remember learning about the greenhouse effect in school? The greenhouse effect is a process that occurs when gases in the Earth’s atmosphere trap the sun’s heat. This process makes the Earth a comfortable place for us to live as it makes the Earth much warmer than it would be without an atmosphere.
Carbon dioxide emissions actually play a pivotal part in maintaining our ecosystem here on Earth, and it’s only causing damage because there’s an excess being generated by our man-made activities.
Sources of carbon emissions:
- Land use/forestry
Humans are extracting, refining, transporting and burning fossil fuels that are emitting too much CO2 for our ecosystem to remove. Humans are also cutting down rainforests for lumber or new developments and in doing this, we’re removing the natural systems that absorb and store carbon. According to Carbon Brief, fossil fuel emissions in 2018 increased at its fastest rate for seven years, with another record high in 2019.
Ways to Reduce Carbon Emissions
With so many people switching from other sources of home fuel to using home heating oil, we want to reassure our customers that there are many environmental benefits to this.
Did you know that heating oil is altogether clean, safe and efficient?
- Heating oil burns cleaner than other fossil fuels and is extremely adaptable. Due to advancements in technologies, heating oil can be modified to give a cleaner burn and reduce carbon emissions.
- Also, heating oil has the highest stored energy by volume of all fossil fuels. This allows you to heat up your home much faster than any other energy, and reduce your carbon footprint as you are using your heating oil for a much shorter amount of time. It’s a win-win!
- Overall, heating oil is the most economical and environmentally responsible choice for heating up your home!
More ways to reduce carbon emissions include:
- Order in bulk
By ordering in bulk, you can reduce your carbon emissions as tankers that deliver your oil in large vehicles won’t have to make as many deliveries. More deliveries means the more fuel consumed by the tanker and more carbon emissions. Start avoiding this buy ordering in bunk quantities!
- Double glazing
Double glazing your windows allows you to increase the amount of heat you are retaining in your home and prevent heat from escaping outside. According to The Green Age, estimates show that double glazing has the potential to reduce carbon emissions up to 680 kilograms annually.
- Premium heating oil
Utilising premium heating oil means that your boiler isn’t burning impurities and doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain temperature. Rix’s quality premium heating oil contains components which reduce the build-up of carbon fouling in your boiler, which can lead to lowering the efficiency of your boiler. This means that your boiler stays cleaner for longer and, in turn, lowers your carbon footprint.
Here at Rix, we care about our environment and are constantly looking at new ways to reduce carbon emissions. All of our different departments play key roles in this. To find out more about what Rix are doing to reduce carbon emissions, read our CSR policy.
Effects of Carbon Footprint
The most significant effect of carbon footprint is the impact we’re having on climate change. Climate change is making it difficult for plants and crops to survive in extreme weather conditions. What’s more, our carbon footprint is altering our environment and natural habitats. More than ever before, animals are on the verge of mass extinction, with natural geographic reporting the fastest extinction rate the planet has ever witnessed.
Here are more changes currently being seen due to the effects of carbon footprint:
- Increasing global sea levels
- Increasing global sea surface temperatures
- Increase in winter sea ice melting
- Increase in extreme weather conditions – such as wildfires, tropical storms, flooding, droughts and famines.
- Decreasing ocean acidification – affecting ocean species, especially organisms like corals and oysters.
Trying to be environmentally friendly is a huge concern for many people and humans are thankfully becoming increasingly aware of how our actions are harming the planet. From powerful Greta Thunberg speeches to moving David Attenborough documentaries about climate change, there is no doubt a huge movement rising around climate change action.
For more information on ways to reduce carbon emissions, check out our article on energy saving tips for your home.