How to reduce your carbon footprint at home
From turning off electrical appliances when not in use, to opting for low energy light bulbs, reducing your home's carbon footprint can seem like a lengthy process. However, there are many different ways you can make your home energy efficient, including cutting down on certain appliances and even a new front door.
In 2014, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released figures that the UK carbon footprint had decreased by 9.7% in that year. A person's carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions caused directly and indirectly by the, an organisation, event or product. The quantity of greenhouse gases from a home does depend on the household units such as a furnace or boiler, the size and the efficiency of the house.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Here are some tips on how you can reduce your home's carbon footprint:
• Reduce the use of electrical appliances by making sure to switch them off when you are not using them. Also, unplugging your chargers when they're not in use.
• When replacing appliances, try to buy appliances which use less power and have a good energy rating, as this will help your future costs.
• When using a dish washer or washing machine, make sure to do a full load, as this will save you water, electricity and washing powder.
• When boiling water, fill the kettle with only as much water as you need.
• Instead of using a tumble dryer to dry your fresh laundry, hang it out to dry instead.
• Switch off the lights when you're not using them and unplugging your chargers when they're not in use.
• Replace standard light bulbs with their low energy equivalents. – Low energy light bulbs use less than 20% of the energy of a conventional light bulb, and can last up to 15 times longer.
A new front door or new windows can help lower your home's CO2 emissions; but how exactly does that work?
Firstly, traditional front doors made from materials like oak can be a poor source of insulation, as they let heat escape and allow a cold draft. By installing a an eco-friendly door, like a uPVC door or double glazed windows, you can sleep well knowing that your house will remain warm, heating bills will reduce and you're helping the environment.
Experts say that a surprising 15% of a home's heat can escape through the front door. However, with a double glazed front door, you can be sure that the heat in your home will remain inside the house and therefore, spending less on heating bills.
There are more benefits to a double glazed uPVC doors and double glazed windows including the fact that 50% of UK uPVC waste is recyclable and "uPVC can be recycled up to 10 times, resulting a total lifetime of up to 350 years", according to Ecology.co.uk. Double Glazed windows can also reduce noise levels impressively, as it decreases the amount of external noise, or 'noise pollution' that would usually enter the house.
Overall, these tips will help make your home warmer, eco-friendly and also save your bank account from any additional and unnecessary costs.