Lighten your carbon footprint

Everyone’s trying to save energy, motives maybe environmental or budget busting, but were’re all doing it.

The problem is that we often think that we’re doing some good, but our efforts to recycle are often counter acted by the fact that we drove 10 miles to the nearest recycling centre. We do our bit taking our own bag to the supermarket and whilst this helps, its impact is a tiny part of our carbon footprint, and my cynical side thinks that this is just part of multi-nationals’ cost cutting initiatives. There is a huge knowledge gap, we just don’t know how accountable each of our actions are in terms of tons of carbon. Is it actually worth the hassle when those 3 bags you saved in the supermarket do little to compensate for that flight to Marbella, and does that ugly energy saving bulb actually save enough to justify having to look at it?

energy saving light bulbs People often cringe at the thought of them, but thankfully energy efficient light bulbs have moved on from those that take 20 minutes to light up and sticking out of the top of your light fittings. Energy efficient bulbs now come in different shapes and sizes and work with a dimmer switch. If next time a bulb goes and you replace it with its green counterpart, you could be saving up to half a ton of carbon per bulb, and you were going to drive to the store to buy a wasteful one anyway. They are a simple way to make a real impact, even if its a small one, you know its a real one!

I have recently learnt, much to my disappointment, that hot housed flowers are worse for the environment than shipping bananas! According to Mike Berners-Lee’s article in Telegraph, a single rose, grown out of season, is as bad as four and a half kilos of bananas.  It’s not only the simple things like plastic bags, it’s also the luxuries that we often don’t associate with our carbon footprint that have a huge impact. Controlling our carbon footprints comes down to our everyday actions and the sad fact is that sitting at home watching TV is one of the least wasteful leisure activities.

However, thankfully we know how to reduce your carbon footprint when it comes down to home improvement projects. When it comes down to energy saving in the home it can be hard to know where to start, some projects pay of instantly and others involve an initial outlay and pay back over time. It’s not a one size fits all either, every home is different and projects should be considered on a house by house basis – solar panels aren’t an effective solution if you house is in a shady location and they are a no no in conservation areas! Here are a few of the top projects that will actually help reduce your carbon footprint in most homes, whilst saving you money: loft and cavity wall insulation, energy efficient windows, heating and boilers along with using triple A rated appliances. But as not all houses are the same. give your house an MOT and work out what projects will make the biggest dent in your footprint and your bills.

If this has got you thinking, then get one of our Rated People round to get your carbon reduction home improvement project underway. And in the meantime start replacing those nasty carbon eating light bulbs!


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