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Reducing your family’s carbon footprint

In an age where we understand more than ever just how important it is to be green you might be thinking about the things that you can do to make sure that you are not contributing to the global problem anymore than is necessary. With this in mind, there are a number of things that you can do to make sure that this is the case, and here we will explore some of them in more detail. 

One of the biggest problems with carbon emissions actually comes from the cars that we drive. You can find out a lot of information about emissions quite easily, and this means that you have the chance to make an informed decision. Generally, if you try to get as small of an engine as your family can cope with, you will be lowering your emissions. Newer cars are being developed to be more environmentally friendly, so try to consider the latest vehicles if you can afford them. In addition, the amount that you use your car is very important. If you are finding that you are using it for every journey, start to consider cutting back. Walking to the shops if you can is a great way to get exercise and lower your carbon footprint at the same time. You may also want to look into carpools for both your work and your children’s school (if applicable).

Taking the time to look at your home could help you to save energy as well. Cutting back on your energy bills is helpful because you lower your carbon footprint and save money at the same time. One of the best things you should explore is wall coatings. This can help your property with heat retention. If you have some money set aside you may want to consider wall insulation and loft insulation. This money would save you hundreds of pounds a year on your energy bill and lower your carbon footprint substantially. 

Running through the amount of electricity used in your home is also important. It is vital that you ensure plugs are turned off when they are not in use, and that items do not remain on standby. This will stop you wasting any energy. In addition, you should consider changing all of your light bulbs to energy efficient models. These cost much less to run because they use up to 90% less energy. 

Avoiding waste is another area that could help. If you often take plastic bags from the supermarket, then take the same ones again. Recycling is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, but it is something that some people are too lazy to implement. 

You have the ability to change things in your life that would help the planet in the long term. Although you might wonder how significant your contribution actually is to the bigger picture, if everybody made these changes, there would be a substantial difference. For this reason, it is well worth taking the time to consider what you could do to change.

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