In times when the words ‘energy crisis’ and ‘global warming’ are being talked about and debated upon freely, many a conscientious people are pondering over their role in upsetting the delicate balance of the ecosystem. While there are those that shrug their shoulders in resignation at the downhill ride humanity is taking towards destruction, others refuse to be passive spectators and are doing their bit to repair the damage.
If you are interested in lending a helping hand to reduce your carbon footprint, here are a few tips that can help you make a difference at home. You will be required to make changes – that’s for sure. But you can take comfort in the fact that most of these changes are easy and can be effortlessly incorporated in your day to day life.
1. Keep an Eye on your Power Consumption
There are several devices in the market that allow you to monitor how much energy is being guzzled down by your appliances every month. If you’ve got a gadget that drinks energy like a dehydrated wanderer in a desert, you may want to consider exchanging it for a more energy efficient appliance. Not only will it lower energy consumption, it will also help you save a great deal on utility bills.
2. Chuck out that Gigantic Old Refrigerator
Speaking of appliances, did you know that one out of four homes in the U.S. make use of two refrigerators? And more often than not, one (if not both) of them is usually a mammoth that has lasted you a decade and a half; ergo, it is highly inefficient as far as energy consumption goes. Re-evaluate your needs - if you don’t need it switch to smaller fridge that’s energy star rated. It’s a practical solution that saves energy and money.
3. Get a Roommate
Studies reveal that single person households consume more energy than households that have two or more people living in it. The difference in power consumption is more than 15% when compared to two-people household and more than 50% in the case of three-people household. So, a word of advice for all those people living alone - get a roommate and enjoy reduced carbon footprint.
4. Bring home a Vermi-compost
Did you know that food disposed in landfills produces methane, which is 21 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide? That’s right. So, the more food you dump into garbage, the more greenhouse gas it will emit. The solution? Try vermin-composting – which is a form of recycling done with worms. The end result is 100% all-natural, organic manure you can use in your home garden and of course, less greenhouse emissions.