How to reduce your home's carbon footprint

Not only does heating your home, powering your appliances, and filling up that bathtub cost you money, it also has damaging effects on the environment.

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Get a green energy tariff

Most energy providers now offer the option to go green. There are a few ways they do this; some get their energy from renewable energy sources, others offset your energy by contributing to carbon reducing projects around the world, similar to what we do at C Free! Most use a combination of renewable energy and offsets.

Try to select an option where all the energy you consume is renewable as using renewable energy is the best option for our planet. If your energy is 100% renewable, we’ll be sure to take it off your footprint when you calculate and offset.

Energy saving

Energy-saving light bulbs are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint as well as saving some pennies along the way. The less electricity they use, the less you pay for your bills – it’s a win-win!

Low-flow water taps and shower heads are another great way of saving you money whilst saving valuable water.

Large appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and tumble dryers often have ‘eco’ settings, and using these options can reduce the energy consumption by 35-59%! These machines often use a lot of power, so this is a great way to significantly reduce your energy consumption. Consider alternative solutions like hang washing outside instead of using the tumble dryer and maximise each machine’s efficiency by ensuring it’s well serviced.

Switch off lights and unused electrical outlets when you leave the room, this is an easy one! You may already do this but if you don’t, now is the time to start!

Another easy one is to turn down your thermostat and pop on your favourite woolly jumper!

Insulate your home

There are many ways to stop heat getting in or out of your home, thus reducing the need for excessive heating or air conditioning bills. Try to reduce heat drains like drafty lofts or broken window seals – blocking up holes where heat can escape can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home, and these easy, cheap improvements can make your money back in six months! Improve loft insulation and install double glazed windows. Although this all costs money, it will save you money in the long term. For example, the return on investment for insulating your loft can be achieved in as little as one year!

Install other means of energy production

Installing solar panels or wind turbines can be pricey, and the payback can take a long time. But if you have done all of the above and want to take it to the next level, this is a great way to directly make a difference. These technologies are becoming more efficient all the time and you can actually make money if you supply enough energy to the National Grid!

Looking for more tips and tricks? Check out 10 ways to reduce the carbon footrpint of your home