How to Save Energy to Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Footprint

We all hear the big plans politicians and environmentalists have to cut down greenhouse gas emissions, reduce carbon footprint, mitigate climate change and so on, but are we, as individuals, making that step towards saving our planet, or we are simply waiting for somebody else to do it for us?

We, at The Green Optimistic, always try to show you the latest and most effective ways to help you go “green” and contribute towards a better and cleaner world.

The first step is to start with your home. This article will show you what you can do in each one of the rooms in your house in order to reduce global warming and at the same time cut down on your electricity consumption.

1. Something you can do in all rooms

  • Start by turning off all appliances when you don’t use them. It might sound obvious, but you will be surprised how many people go on a holiday and leave electronics on stand-by, or microwaves and toasters plugged in. And these do not even include the forgotten lights!
  • Instead of turning up the heater, try to wear an extra layer of clothes. Of course, if this does not work, make sure all doors and windows towards unused areas in the house are closed. The same rule applies when using air-conditioning.
  • When you need to replace a bulb, invest in a fluorescent or an LED one. They last a lot longer and are known to use a lot less electricity. And remember to turn them on only if opening the blinds does not make the room light enough.
  • Switch to rechargeable batteries- you can use them a lot longer and you do not need to worry about disposing.
  • Make sure you invest in your insulation. It will definitely pay off.

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