Simple Tips in How You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Your Carbon Footprint

The amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the air has reached the point wherein people can already feel the effects. While some people have accepted this to be part of life, this mindset can actually make things worse, especially if every person believes that he or she is unable to change things. This article lists down some simple tips you can follow to minimize your carbon footprint.

Some of the things you can do to minimize the amount of CO2 emissions you produce are:

  • Walking instead of riding. Cars produce a lot of CO2 emissions, so choosing to walk or riding the bike can go a long way to help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. If the place you want to go to is too far from your house, you can take public transport or carpool with some friends or family members. If you really need to drive, try to do several errands at once so you don't have to take out your car more than you should.
  • Energy-proof your house. A house that isn't energy-efficient will require homeowners to turn up the cold or the heat in order to reach the temperature that they're comfortable with. This can release a lot of carbon dioxide in the environment. To prevent this from happening, try to do what you can in order to improve the insulation in your house. Not only will this minimize your carbon footprint, it can also greatly lower your electricity bills since you won't need to crank up your heater or your air conditioning system.
  • Go for cold water than hot water. Hot water can also contribute to CO2 emissions. As such, try to use cold water over hot water as much as possible. It doesn't necessarily mean having to take cold baths forever. Instead, you can switch to cold water when you wash clothes or dishes.
  • Plant some trees. Plants absorb carbon dioxide. While a plant or two may not absorb that much carbon dioxide, every little bit helps. You can also join tree planting projects if you want to be part of something bigger when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions.

If individuals don't do their part to try to minimize their carbon footprint, some scientists believe that it's possible for the world to go into another ice age. By doing these tips and taking care not to contribute to the large amount of CO2 emissions today, you can do your part in helping save the environment.

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