When I started this blog, one of the things I was aiming to do was lead a more sustainable way of life. Not really knowing exactly what this meant, I felt it was important to do more research to understand exactly how I can achieve this!
The first hit on google was a website called YouSustain. This is a website that can help you to calculate CO2 emissions by taking on simple challenges such as bringing your own coffee to work for a week or using reusable bags etc. and there is a carbon footprint calculator.
- Turn it off when not in use (lights, television, DVD player, Hi Fi, computer etc. etc
- Turn down the central heating slightly (try just 1 to 2 degrees C).
- Turn down the water heating setting
- Check the central heating timer setting – remember there is no point heating the house after you have left for work
- Fill your dish washer and washing machine with a full load – this will save you water, electricity, and washing powder
- Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need
- Do your weekly shopping in a single trip
- Hang out the washing to dry rather than tumble drying it
- Don’t buy bottled water if your tap water is safe to drink
- Buy local fruit and vegetables, or even try growing your own
- Buy foods that are in season locally
- Don’t buy fresh fruit and vegetables which are out of season, they may have been flown in
- Reduce your consumption of meat
- Try to only buy products made close to home (look out and avoid items that are made in the distant lands)
- Buy organic produce
- Don’t buy over packaged products
- Recycle as much as possible
- Think carefully about the type of activities you do in your spare time. Do any of these cause an increase in carbon emissions? e.g. Saunas, Health clubs, restaurants and pubs, go-karting etc. etc.)
I will calculate my carbon footprint at the end of 2016 and hopefully we will see a big difference!
P.S. If anyone has any other suggestions for reducing my carbon footprint or if you do anything in particular to be as sustainable as possible please let me know!