If part of your New Year’s resolutions included a vow to reduce your carbon footprint, you’re not alone.
But how to begin, and most importantly, stick with it so that your resolution doesn’t end up shelved with all the others?
Here are a few easy things that you can do today that will begin to reduce your carbon footprint almost immediately:
- Walk. Give your car and the environment a break today and start walking more. If walking isn’t feasible where you live, consider biking or using public transportation a few times a week. And the next time you purchase a new vehicle, make it an energy efficient one.
- Change your lightbulbs. It only takes one person (really) to change a lightbulb. And when you change it, make sure to use compact fluorescent bulbs. If you switch only one bulb to fluorescent, you can reduce up to 1,300 pounds of carbon during the lifetime of the bulb.
- Unplug. Literally. Unplugging unused devices will save a significant amount of energy, as well as a few dollars on your utility bills.
- Forego bottled water. While we all know that bottled water is convenient, it’s also an enemy of the environment. And those empty bottles have to go somewhere. Buy a simple water filtration system and a reusable water bottle and fill up to your heart’s content, knowing that you won’t be contributing to the ever-growing pile of plastic bottles ending up in landfills today.
- Buy your food locally. By purchasing locally grown food, you’re reducing carbon emissions (most foods in the supermarket travel at least 1,500 miles to get there), but you’ll also be supporting your local farmers and ranchers, and boosting your local economy.