How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint This Year
Want to live a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle? Reduce, reuse, and recycle should be the three words you focus on throughout the year.
It doesn’t mean you have to live in a cold home, or try to function without our modern-day conveniences. It simply means you should be conscious of what you use and learn ways to make each process as energy efficient as possible.
Start by looking at your home as a whole
Today’s homes have a tighter envelope than ever before. That means conditioned air stays where intended due to the infrastructure of the building materials. Unfortunately, as homes age, that envelope begins to decrease. Even if your home was built just a few years ago, leaks may exist from top to bottom, allowing your conditioned air to seep outside.
There are many things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency and create a tighter seal.
- Fix air leaks throughout your home
- Weatherstrip around windows and doors
- Add insulation
- Inspect and repair ducts
Think of these as regular maintenance items you’ll add to your to-do list as the years go by.
Break it down room by room
Of course, each room in your home has its own problem areas. As you increase efficiency, look for simple changes that can have big impact.
In the kitchen, focus on water and energy. Instead of filling up a pot with water, only fill it with the amount you truly need. Placing a lid on the pot while heating it will reduce the amount of time it takes. Also, select Energy Star appliances to ensure they are as energy efficient as possible.
In the bathroom, start by selecting energy efficient appliances and fixtures. If you haven’t upgraded to a low-flow toilet, make it the first task on your to-do list. Then add low-flow fixtures to both your showers and your sinks. Reduce the amount of water you use for each of your daily tasks, such as spending less time in the shower, and turning the water off while brushing your teeth.
What are you doing in your home this year to lower your carbon footprint and become more energy efficient?