Sunday, September 30, 2012

Easy Tips To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Global warming has been on the tip of many tongues for over a decade now. Our climate is changing and although a few degrees of extra heat may be a welcome prospect for many people, the knock on effect of those degrees should be dreaded by all. Over the next decade or so the temperature of the earth is set to rise by between 1.1 and 6.4oC, this will cause a dramatic increase in sea level, expansion of some deserts and decrease in global crop production. The overall sum of these factors will be suffering on an international scale. Global warming is a result of both deforestation and an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases, below are some great tips to reduce your greenhouse gas output.

Switching It Off
Most people turn off lights when they leave the room, unfortunately however this simply is not going far enough. In the UK alone approximately 800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide is emitted from people being content to leave electrical equipment on standby. Further studies show that phones and laptops left plugged in overnight use only 5% of total energy used. Switching it off is an easy solution – requiring only a few moments of action each day, actions that will benefit your wallet as well as your environment.

Using Energy Saving Equipment and Installations
Compact fluorescent AKA energy saving light bulbs use 75% less energy than regular light bulbs, they are also inexpensive and have the same light output. At home roughly 40% of our annual energy use is on heating the home. Don’t worry I am not going to suggest you freeze yourself this christmas, but I am going to make you aware of several simple solutions to reduce both the financial and the environmental cost of your heating.
  • Double glazed windows
  • Attic insulation
  • Water tank insulation
  • Cavity walls
  • Switch to thermostatic radiator valves
All of these techniques are excellent but the easiest and most cost effective of the above methods is switching your radiator valves – if everyone in the UK switched it would save over 3 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

Constant Consideration
These are everyday things that are easy to overlook, the kind of things that everyone knows they should do but still somehow constantly overlook.
  • Boiling the minimum amount of water for your coffee, pasta or vegetables.
  • Closing your curtains at night to keep in heat
  • Only running your laundry and dishwasher when they are at maximum capacity
  • Turn off the heating at night (your all snuggled up in bed anyway)
If everyone in the world tries their hardest to follow the steps above global CO2 emissions will be reduced by billions of tonnes annually. Sadly however the main cause of emissions is industrial activity and unfortunately the most valuable thing an individual can do is sign petitions, lobby parliament and spread the word.

This article was written by Jacob Catt on behalf of westradiators – specialist in sales of radiator values and accessories, perfect if your looking to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

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