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How to reduce the carbon footprint of your home

How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Home

Everybody should fear global warming. The constant rise in temperature may not cause that much harm for now. However, in the future, its effects will be enormous. If this continues to happen, the world will become the largest convection oven as heat continues to be trapped within our atmosphere. 

In the future, heat would become unbearable. When there is too much heat, water continues to evaporate. With drought and the continued denudation of forest, fresh water sources would deplete leading to shortage. Aside from this, icebergs would melt causing sea levels to rise. Moreover, as water levels becomes higher and higher, small islands would begin to sink and will be phased-off from the map. Not to mention, people could contract various illness caused by high temperatures. There will also be food shortage as drought worsens. 

All of these things are possible. Even environmentalist has predicted such effects. 

Stopping global warming may be hard to do. With the rapid industrialization and modernization, most human activities have now contributed to large emissions of green house gases. The accumulation of the green house gases in the atmosphere is one of the many factors that brought about global warming. Unfortunately, the things that makes peoples’ lives comfortable and convenient, practically results in green house emission. 

Every person needs to find a way to reduce green house emissions. One way to do this is to reduce carbon footprints in your homes. 

Reducing Carbon Footprints 

Green house gases are emitted from various activities at home. Cooking, use of appliances, driving your vehicles, burning, smoking and anything that has something to do with heat and energy consumption can lead to increase of the said gases. 

To measure the amount of green house gases emitted in your homes, the carbon footprint is determined.  This can be measured through undergoing an assessment. Once the amount of carbon is ascertained, various strategies may be implemented to reduce the amount. 

Most strategies implemented to reduce carbon footprints are the following: 

Use of renewable energy 

This is a common carbon offset strategy used by many people. In here, the use of conventional energy sources is lessened. People can use renewable energy to power up their homes using solar energy. Installation of solar panels is one way to practice this. 

Reduced workload of Appliances 

Every time you use an appliances, green houses are emitted. In reality, most people are heavily dependent in using appliances to make their lives easier. Since it is hard to eliminate this, the best thing you could do is to lessen its use. Take for example your HVAC systems. You can lessen the temperature when it begins to get very cold and use fans rather than blasting the air conditioners. On the other hand, you can plant trees to make your surroundings cooler. This also lessens the workload of your HVAC. 

Opt for energy-efficient appliances 

Some appliances consume more electricity than others do. This is the reason why energy bills are also rising as well as carbon footprints. To avoid these problems, buy appliances with energy star ratings. If they have such, this means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency considers it energy efficient. 

Recycle 

Do not just throw away out. Sort your junk and see what can be recycled. Recycling reduces junks in landfills and reduces gas emissions from waste. Aside from that, fast depletion of natural resources will be avoided and forest destruction is avoided.

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