Ways to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Home

We can all do more to help the environment, and we can start by looking carefully at our homes. Are the materials used to build the home good for the environment? Are the appliances and systems in the home efficient with resources like electricity and water? Do our behaviors produce too much waste?

These are the kinds of questions we need to ask to figure out ways that we can reduce the impact our homes have on the Earth. Depending on the answers you find, you may want to try out some of these strategies for reducing the carbon footprint of your home:

Go Solar

Your home can consume a lot of electricity, which can drain natural resources like coal and oil. Even nuclear power can negatively impact the environment. One of the best things you can do to power your home while also reducing your carbon footprint is to go solar. Just call a company that specializes in installing the panels to get a consultation and to have a system specially designed for your home for maximum efficiency. The panels may generate enough power for your whole house. They may even generate enough to earn you credits and refunds from your local power company.

Additional services vary based on where you live. Many Utah solar companies, for example, will assess your home and present you with many solar options to maximize your output. The options will be based on the layout of your home, its size, the local climate, and many other factors.

Apply Window Coverings

You lose a lot of energy through your windows. They are thin sheets of glass with no insulation, and energy easily passes through them. You can improve your home’s energy efficiency by investing in the right windows, such as double-pane windows. You can further improve your home’s energy efficiency by installing the right window coverings.

Simply hanging blinds and curtains can help you cut down on your energy usage. It will act as insulation, helping to keep the cool or warm air from your HVAC inside. You can also apply films to your windows that will further insulate them. Some films can even provide privacy or decorative effects.

Grow Your Own Food

A lot of natural resources are consumed to bring you the food on your plate. Pesticides and fuel are used to protect crops and to run the tractors that plow the ground and harvest the yield. More fuel and oil are used to transport those crops to your local grocery store — sometimes hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

You can cut down on your home’s carbon footprint by growing more of your own food. Plant a garden in your yard and grow as much food as you have the time to handle. Depending on the climate where you live, you may be able to grow enough produce that you never have to buy it from the grocery store again.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

An easy way to reduce the carbon footprint of your home, your office, or just in general is to practice the three Rs: Reduce, reuse, and recycle. All of these principles work to help you cut down on the number of new products you need, which cuts down on the number of resources used to manufacture, package, or transport those products.

You can reduce the number of paper towels you use, for example, by using cloth napkins instead. You can reuse old t-shirts instead of throwing them away by turning them into cleaning rags. You can recycle plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, and other items so that they don’t end up in the landfill. Look around your home: What other ways can you put the three Rs into practice? The more you do, the bigger the impact you can make.

You can make a big difference for the environment by making different choices for your home, whether that means changing the systems and appliances you use or changing some of your behaviors. You don’t have to change your whole life, but making even incremental changes can make a big difference in the long run. Try out these tips and more to do your part for the planet.

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Henrietta Newman is a self-loving empty-nester into smudging, nature, yoga, fitness, healthy living, hunting, camping, hiking, tech, video games, gadgets, recipes, reviews and more.
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