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How to reduce carbon at home this Earth Day

Apr 22, 2020 | News

By <a href="https://www.theplanetmark.com/author/george-catchpoleplanetfirst-co-uk/" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

Whether you are a homeowner, tenant, student or living at home with your parents, there are many things you can do to reduce how much energy you use and save a bit of cash!

At The Planet Mark we see a world where we all contribute to a thriving planet, and together we are a collective force for good. We are all responsible for the energy we use in our homes, arguably more so now than ever before. Take a look at our quick tips and see if you’re saving as much energy as you could be.

Make small changes to your food consumption:

Animal agriculture is responsible for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food, or roughly 30% of global production, is lost or wasted annually. By just ensuring you have zero food waste you can reduce your carbon emissions by 370kg, that’s equivalent to charging your smartphone over 47,000 times!

  • Adopt veganism: 1500 KG CO2 
  • Eat a plant-based diet: 800 KG CO2 
  • Ensure you have no food waste: 370 KG CO2 
  • Eat less meat: 230 KG CO2

  • Total: 2900 KG CO2 

Reduce your energy use: 

Around 14% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from homes, and last year carbon emissions from housing actually increased, mainly from gas boilers. By switching to an independent renewable energy supplier the average customer could save in excess of £250. 

  • Buy green energy: 1450 KG CO2 
  • Install a new boiler if yours is more than 10 years old: 300 KG CO2 
  • Make sure your home has adequate insulation: 180 KG CO2 
  • Upgrade your lightbulbs to LED: 100 KG CO2 

  • Total: 2030 KG CO2 

Put systems in place to manage your waste: 

The world produces 330 million tonnes of plastic a year, a figure that is expected to treble. Schemes such as recycle now can help you recycle almost anything. Visit their website to find out what you can recycle from your doorstep.

  • Recycle: 210 KG CO2 
  • Compost food residues: 200 KG CO2 
  • Use a reusable coffee cup: 80 KG CO2 
  • Switch from plastic bags to re-usable shopping bags: 5 KG CO2 

  • Total: 495 KG CO2 

Make these small changes to your lifestyle:

Figuring out the best way to reduce your carbon footprint may initially seem an onerous task. However making a few lifestyle changes can have massive benefit on the environment. Starting with small steps is often the best way to embed a consciousness of sustainable thinking 

  • Wash clothes in cold water: 250 KG CO2 
  • Hang dry clothes: 210 KG CO2 
  • Shower, instead of taking a bath: 100 KG CO2 
  • Work from home two days a week: 100 KG CO2 

  • Total: 660 KG CO2 

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