What are the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home? The future of our planet depends on mankind living in a more sustainable way. That requires widespread action, but the change for you begins at home. Sustainability is at the core of what we do here at ingarden, so we have written a short guide that explains how to reduce your carbon footprint in six steps.
1. Insulate Your Property Properly
Heat lost from our homes because of poor insulation contributes to global warming. It also leads us to spend more on heating. Our top tip for reducing your carbon footprint at home is to properly insulate everything. Get door stops to prevent drafts, invest in heavy curtains, and consider double-insulated windows. This keeps the cold out and the warm in. You’ll save money on heating, reduce household emissions, and feel cozier—all at the same time!
2. Grow Your Own Produce at Home
Worried about not having a green thumb? You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to reduce your carbon footprint by growing greens in your very own home. Using your ingarden and our 100% sustainable plant pods, grow broccoli, kale, mustard seeds, and much more, 365 days a year. This cuts out the supply chain from the field to your home, and also helps you to reduce plastic consumption. Check out our starter sets here.
3. Embrace the World of Second Hand
Producing an endless supply of household items which are bought by us and later disposed of is a very carbon-intensive process. Reduce your carbon footprint at home by embracing the world of second hand goods. You’ll be amazed at the awesome election of furniture and other household items listed online and available for you to collect locally—with zero carbon emissions.
4. Sleep Under a Warm Duvet
Did you know that you spend a third of your life sleeping? Considering how much time we spend in our beds, it makes sense to invest in a thick, warm duvet to keep you nice and toasty til the morning. Being warm in bed means you won’t need heating through the night, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint while you dream.
5. Wear the Right Clothing
When you’re at home, reduce your carbon footprint by turning down the heating and putting on cosy, comfy clothing that keeps you warm. Certain fabrics like cashmere are much better at keeping in the heat, while others (such as denim) are worse. We lose most heat through our heads, so hoodies are a brilliant way to insulate the body. Thick socks help to keep the lower half of our bodies warm too.
6. Think About Your Electronics
You’re probably reading this guide on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. That shows how central electronics are to our daily lives, how we work, and how we consume information. Idle electronics that are plugged in but not used still use power, so look around where you live, and ask yourself. Does that need to be plugged in? Only having devices plugged in when you really need them is a great way to save power and to reduce your carbon footprint.