Most emissions from homes are from the fossil
fuels burned to generate electricity, heat and cooling. By using
energy more efficiently at home, you can reduce your emissions and
lower your energy bills by more than 30%.
In addition, since agriculture is responsible for about a fifth of
the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, you can reduce your emissions
simply by watching what you eat.
CFLs use 60% less energy than a
regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of
carbon dioxide a year. If every family made the switch, we’d reduce
carbon dioxide by billions of pounds!
Almost half of the energy we
use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about
2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment.
Cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
Choose energy efficient appliances when making new purchases
Look for the Energy Star label on
new appliances to choose the most efficient models. If each
household replaced its existing appliances with the most efficient
models available, we’d eliminate approximately 150 million tons of
carbon dioxide emissions every year!
You’ll save 1,000 pounds of carbon
dioxide a year with this simple action.
It takes a lot of energy to heat
water. You can use less hot water by installing a low flow
showerhead (350 pounds of carbon dioxide saved per year) and washing
your clothes in cold or warm water (500 pounds saved per year)
instead of hot.
You can save 700 pounds of carbon
dioxide when you air dry your clothes for 6 months out of the year.
Simply turning off your television, DVD
player, stereo, and computer when you’re not using them will save
you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
Even when turned off, things like hairdryers, cell phone chargers and televisions use energy. In fact, the energy used to keep display clocks lit and memory chips working accounts for 5 percent of total domestic energy consumption and spews 18 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year!
Only run your dishwasher when there’s a full load and use the energy-saving setting
You can save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
Insulate and weatherise your home
Properly insulating your walls and
ceilings can save your heating and cooling bill and 2,000 pounds of
carbon dioxide a year. Caulking and weather-stripping can save
another 1,700 pounds per year.
You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon
dioxide a year by recycling half of the waste your household
It takes less 70 to 90% less energy to
make recycled paper and it prevents the loss of forests worldwide.
A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%. Planet Ark has information on planting trees and can provide information about National Tree Day.
Many utilities offer free home energy
audits to find where your home is poorly insulated or energy
inefficient. You can save up to 30% off your energy bill and 1,000
pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
In many areas, you can switch to energy generated by clean, renewable sources such as wind and solar.
Buy locally grown and produced foods
The average meal travels 1,200 km
from the farm to your plate. Buying locally will save fuel and keep
money in your community.
Frozen food uses 10 times more
energy to produce.
They reduce the amount of energy
required to grow and transport the food to you by one fifth.
Organic soils capture and store
carbon dioxide at much higher levels than soils from conventional
farms. If we grew all of our corn and soybeans organically, we’d
remove 580 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere!
You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon
dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%.
Methane is the second most significant greenhouse gas and cows are one of the greatest methane emitters. Their grassy diet and multiple stomachs cause them to produce methane, which they exhale with every breath.
Almost one third of the carbon dioxide
produced comes from our cars, trucks and airplanes. Here are some
simple, practical things you can do to reduce the amount of carbon
dioxide you produce while on the move.
Avoiding just 10 kms of driving each week would eliminate
about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year!
Sharing a ride with someone just 2 days
a week will reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 1,590 pounds a
Regular maintenance helps improve
fuel efficiency and reduces emissions. When just 1% of car owners
properly maintain their cars, nearly a billion pounds of carbon
dioxide are kept out of the atmosphere.
Proper inflation can improve gas mileage by more than 3%. Since every litre of petrol saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, every increase in fuel efficiency makes a difference!
When it is time for a new car, choose a more fuel efficient vehicle
You can save 3,000 pounds of carbon
dioxide every year if your new car gets only 3 kms per litre more
than your current one. You can get up to 60 kms per litre with a
Air travel produces large amounts of
emissions so reducing how much you fly by even one or two trips a
year can reduce your emissions significantly. You can also offset
your air travel by investing in renewable energy projects.