Reduce Carbon Footprint

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Helping You To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Your Solution For Cutting Carbon And Caring For The Climate.

1. Hang out the washing instead of tumble drying

Hanging the washing out instead of using the tumble drier will save about 153kg CO2 a year.

2. Turn down the heating by 1⁰C

Reducing your heating by 1⁰C can reduce your energy consumption by 8%. For an average household gas bill of 12,500kWh this will reduce your CO2 emissions by 184kg.

3. Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need to boil

Only boiling the amount of water for your hot drink will save 72kg CO2 a year.

4. Spend less time in the shower

Spending 1 minute less in the shower can save 23kg CO2.

5. Turn electrical equipment off when not in use

Fully turning off just one LCD TV (rather than leaving it on standby) for 18 hours a day will save about 5kg CO2 a year.

The following is a list of items that may take an initial investment, but should pay for themselves through savings on your energy bills.

  • Install thermostatic valves on your radiators
  • Insulate your hot water tank
  • Install cavity wall installation
  • Install 180mm thick loft insulation
  • Replace your old refrigerator/freezer (if it is over 15 years old), with a new one with an energy efficiency rating of “A++”
  • Replace your old boiler with a new energy efficient condensing boiler
  • Car share to work or for the kid’s school run
  • Use the bus or a train rather than your car
  • For short journeys; walk or cycle
  • Try to reduce the number of flights you take
  • See if your employer will allow you to work from home one day a week
  • Next time you replace your car – make sure you choose a low emission vehicle. If you have the budget, consider getting a hybrid or fully electric car.
  • When staying in a hotel – turn the lights and air-conditioning off when you leave your hotel room, and ask for your room towels to be washed every other day, rather than every day
  • Don’t buy bottled water if your tap water is safe to drink
  • Buy local fruit and vegetables, or even try growing your own
  • Buy foods that are in season locally
  • Don’t buy fresh fruit and vegetables which are out of season, they may have been flown in
  • Reduce your consumption of meat
  • Try to only buy products made close to home (look out and avoid items that are made in the distant lands)
  • Buy organic produce
  • Don’t buy over-packaged products
  • Recycle as much as possible
  • Think carefully about the type of activities you do in your spare time. Do any of these cause an increase in carbon emissions? e.g. Saunas, Health clubs, restaurants and pubs, go-karting etc. etc…