Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With These Three Easy ideas

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There are many things we can all do to become more eco-friendly. It’s becoming easier thanks to pressure on manufacturers, awareness through the internet and movements such as Climate Strike.

Cutting down on your carbon footprint will help you to be more environmentally conscious, as in some cases can save money too – when you combine the both, this is where it’s a total win-win.

Here are a three ideas. Why not pick one to try this spring:

Reduce Your Energy Bills

One of the best ways of being able to reduce your carbon footprint is to work on reducing your energy bills. This is something that can have a much bigger influence than you might think, and slashing your winter fuel bills is going to help you stay greener, as well as saving you money in the process. There are free ways, such as using hot water bottle, snuggling under blankets, closing the curtains at dusk and wearing extra layers. Other things require an initial investment that pays back over time such as solar panels, installing a wood burner or getting maximum insulation in your home.

Turn Your Car Electric

Another hugely effective way of being able to reduce your carbon footprint is to choose an electric car. But remember, that buying nothing at all is the most eco friendly purchase, so this is only applicable if you’re already in need of a new vehicle. If you DO need to buy a new car, then buying second hand is the next best purchase. Check out a list of some of the best used hybrid electric and petrol cars.

Grow Your Own Food

Growing your own food is a great way to save a bit of money as well as being able to reduce your carbon footprint. I maintain that you can grow food even without a garden! Sprouted seeds can be grown on any available surface in your home, windowsills can be used to  grow herbs and you can grow tomatoes or strawberries in hanging baskets. If you have more time, but no garden, then look into hiring a local allotment. If you have a garden, then you can grow foods in containers, raised beds of traditional garden beds.

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