Keeping warm (or cool)
Around half the heat is lost from a typical home through walls windows and roofs. Close your curtains at dusk, stop draughts around doors and windows and check out your insulation.
Heating is the biggest source of carbon emissions for most homes. Check your heating controls and turn the thermostat down to make a difference.
Energy-saving light bulbs use around a tenth of the energy of normal filament bulbs and can last ten times as long.
Whether for leisure or business, flying can easily become your biggest source of carbon emissions. Within the UK and Europe, why not drive or take a train instead?
Electricity and appliances
Appliances left on stand-by use a surprising amount of energy so switch them off at the wall when not in use. Look for A-rated ones with Energy Saving Recommended labels. Switching to a ‘green’ tariff will also help.
Nearly a quarter of all car journeys are for less than 2 miles. Walking, cycling, and public transport are all options in Winchester District. Does your workplace have a car-sharing scheme? For longer journeys, where possible, using trains or coaches are easy steps to take to reduce your carbon footprint.
Whilst rain water is free, it takes energy to make it fit to drink, pipe it to our homes, heat it, and dispose of it afterwards. Swapping baths for showers and only using your dishwasher and washing machines when full are quick and easy changes you can make.
Around one-third of all food purchased in the UK is thrown away. Energy is spent in its production, transportation and so reducing food waste is the easiest and cheapest way to reduce your carbon footprint.
Reduce, Re-use and Recycle
Energy has been spent to make and transport every item that we buy. By thinking about what we buy, how we buy it and where we buy it, we can reduce our carbon footprint. Buying second-hand can be a great way to do this.
You can help others follow your footprint by encouraging them to follow your example. Make it a part of your conversation. In today’s society, the choices you make will influence the decisions that producers of goods make. You can influence your workplace, school, or neighbourhood to make decisions that reduce their impact.
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