People worried about climate change are clamoring for ways to reduce carbon footprint. While there’s much to be done on a macro scale, individuals can make a big difference too. Whether you’re looking to offset your private jet travels or make your home more energy efficient, learn how to reduce or completely offset your carbon emissions.
3 ways to Reduce carbon footprint
1. Watch What You Eat
One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to watch what you eat.
According to a study by the University of Michigan, food can make up anywhere between 10% and 30% of a household’s carbon footprint. Overall, food production contributes 68% of emissions.
Meat makes up the bulk of food’s carbon footprint due to factors such as methane released from animals like cattle, sheep, and goats. As a result, the University of Michigan suggests switching to a vegetarian diet. Even making just one meal a week vegetarian can have a huge impact, reducing the amount of carbon equal to driving over 1,000 miles.
Knowing where you food is made is important as well. Instead of purchasing items from half way around the world—meaning lots of carbon released by ships, trucks and trains—eat local. Source your groceries from organic farms and producers in your area to reduce your carbon footprint.
2. Make Your Home Energy Efficient
Homes are big carbon emitters, so making them energy efficient is imperative.
There are plenty of easy tips you can employ to reduce your carbon footprint. One is to replace incandescent light bulbs with LED, which use “a quarter of the energy and last up to 25 times longer,” according to Columbia University. Since we’re talking about lights, make sure to turn them off when you leave a room. Also, unplug electronic devices when not in use as well.
Other recommendations from Columbia include turning your water heater temperature down to 120˚F, which can save around 550 pounds of CO2 annually. Additionally, be judicious with your heating and air conditioning in the winters and summers.
3. Carbon offsets for Your Travels
For individuals and businesses who use private aviation frequently, carbon offsets are a great option.
The basics of carbon offsetting are pretty straightforward. The process involves counteracting the carbon emitted from your travels through the purchase of credits, which support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, your travel will be carbon neutral.
There are many great projects that benefit from carbon offsets, such as landfill gas capture efforts, forest management and sustainable energy initiatives.
From businesses to commercial and private jet passengers, everyone can make a difference.
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