5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Carbon FootprintGoing “green” and living a more sustainable life has moved beyond being a fad and more of a reality with the push for better emissions and understanding the effects of our collective carbon footprint in the world. The climate crisis is becoming more intense as scientists and those in the know are beginning to send out warnings of how dire things may get if we don’t start to pitch in.

The need may seem overwhelming, but reducing the world’s carbon footprint can begin inside your own home and daily life. Some environmentally-friendly steps can be taken now and they don’t have to be anything big. Here are some ways to shrink your carbon footprint and help out the future of the community around you.

1. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

It’s a simple idea to keep in mind, especially since we all heard about the three Rs in elementary school. But going zero waste or at least having a game plan for different ways you can keep waste limited isn’t that difficult, especially with all the ways this can be achieved.

First, you can downsize what you buy, only opting to purchase what you really need. Have a ton of athletic shoes? You may have enough already. Next, you can try to find ways to reuse what you already have or get the most use out of items instead of opting for replacement. Also, it can help to set up a compost system for your food scraps, or you can find a food scrap drop off center, like a community garden, near your home. And lastly, recycling is never a bad thing to do as there’s always a way to properly recycle any plastic, paper and glass materials that you can’t reuse or reduce.

2. Bike More, Drive Less

We all love the comfort of our own cars, but opting to bike, walk, ride-share or take public transit, even every once in a while, can help to cut down on emissions. Traditional cars put out a lot of exhaust, polluting the air. So any cutting down of car use will help to do your part. And now, with the push for more ride-sharing options, like Lyft and Uber, carpooling is becoming more and more accessible.

3. Switch To Sustainable Energy at Home

Most of the United States’ total energy comes from oil, coal and natural gas, such as fossil fuels. They run our homes, our cars and provide the electricity we use. But there are newer and more environmentally-friendly options that are becoming more accessible and better for our daily lives and our homes.

You can cut down on your energy use by going for solar and wind power options, with the former being more attainable. Solar panels are a great way to cut down on your energy use while still getting the power you need in your home. What used to be something only more affluent homeowners could purchase, solar panels are now very affordable and it doesn’t take too long for homeowners to see savings.

If you’re opting for solar panels or adding adjustments to your home, it’s best to invest in local coverage, like homeowners insurance. Connecticut Homeowners Insurance is available for residents looking to get the right protection for their houses and all that’s included.

4. Conserve Water

Here are some ways to help conserve and protect the water around you:

  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn water off while you brush your teeth
  • Avoid dish soaps with toxins
  • Opt for reusables

5. Go Local for Your Greens

Local farmers markets and community gardens are great ways to pick from fresh produce instead of heading to the grocery store. It can help to buy the majority of your fruits and veggies from these local stations as the majority of your food has been planted and harvested in your own community instead of being produced far away and hauled in.

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