We all know that climate change is one of the biggest threats facing us today and we need to be taking steps to reduce our impact on the environment. National Tree Day is coming up on 1st August, and whether you’re participating in activities to mark the day or not, it’s a good time to think about what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. We’ve put together a few great ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home.
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1. Switch to renewable energy
Switching to a renewable energy source such as solar is a significant step towards lowering your impact on the environment, as well as lowering the cost of your energy bills. Using solar energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and you can use solar for all or part of your household’s energy. Oceanside Services are solar energy experts and can help you install the right solar set-up at your home in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
2. Choose energy efficient appliances
Home appliances can be a huge consumer of energy. When you’re buying an appliance, look at its energy efficiency ratings and choose products with the best ratings. This goes for lightbulbs as well as larger household items. It’s also a great step to turn off or unplug items when they’re not in use.
3. Think about food
Our diets can have a big impact on our carbon footprint. The production of meat and dairy products requires large amounts of land, water, and energy, and generates significant greenhouse gases. By switching to a plant-based diet, or simply making more of your meals free from animal products, you’ll reduce your impact on the environment. Choose locally produced food too – shipping food from overseas burns up even more energy.
4. Reduce your water usage
Processing and heating water uses significant resources, so cutting down on how much water you use can really reduce your carbon footprint. There are lots of little ways to do this at home – turn the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth, take a shower instead of a bath, only boil the amount of water you need. To make sure your water heating system at home works as efficiently as possible, Oceanside Services provide customers in Brisbane with a wide variety of plumbing services.
5. Get great insulation
Properly insulating your home keeps it warmer in winter and cooler in summer, meaning you’ll spend less money and use less energy on your heating and air conditioning systems. Reducing the energy you use to stay comfortable at home will immediately lessen your household’s impact on the environment, as well as save you money on your bills.
Choose Oceanside Services
If you need professional services to reduce your energy use at home, Oceanside Services can help with great quality plumbing and electrical work on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. This includes helping you make the switch to using solar energy, as well as a huge range of other services. Make your booking now.