Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide created by your energy use in daily life, which contributes to global warming. Transportation, appliance use, heating and cooling, and all kinds of other activities add up over time. Try the following tips for greener living.
Stop Drinking Bottled Water
The quality of bottled water is very close to that of tap water most places in the U.S. Invest in a reusable bottle and you’ll ultimately save money while you reduce waste.
Unplug While You’re Out
When devices are plugged in, they use energy, even if they are not being used. Unplug devices you aren’t using—you can make this even easier by plugging several devices into a single power strip and switching that off.
Buying local goods cuts down on the fuel use required for transportation. Visit your local farmers’ market for groceries, and check out a thrift store or yard sale in your neighborhood find quality used clothing and other useful used items.
Energy-Proof Your Home
Insulating your home well and choosing energy-efficient appliances can help you dramatically reduce your energy use. Using cold water when possible, for laundry or dishwashing, is also a greener choice than using hot water.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Small changes in your attitude toward consumption and waste can make a big difference. Buy only what you need, and avoid buying products with excessive packaging. Choose reusable containers, bags, and other items which minimize waste. You can also dramatically reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill by utilizing recycling and composting services. This extends the life of your landfill, and can delay or prevent the construction of another.
If you are in the Boulder area, consider Western Disposal for your waste management needs! We offer green options that can help you reduce your carbon footprint. Call us today to learn more at (303) 586-1100!