Reducing your Impact on the Climate

Human activity is one of the biggest causes of climate change. We all have a responsibility to reduce our individual carbon footprint if we are to protect the planet from further environmental catastrophes. Living a more sustainable lifestyle is not only easy, it is also cheaper.
Here are some of our top tips to reduce your impact on the climate.
Your Home
Did you know that approximately 50% of the money you spend on utility bills goes on heating or cooling your home? 
o    Insulation – Ensuring that your home is correctly insulated, draught and weatherproofed will not only make your home warmer and less noisy, it will save you energy which, in turn, will save you money. 
o    Programmable thermostats – These simple and cost effective devices ensure that you only use energy when and where you need it. People spend a lot of money to heat their homes but it wastes both energy and money to heat unused spaces.
o    Lighting – You can reduce your lighting costs and energy use immediately by changing the bulbs in your home to energy efficient light bulbs. There are two main types of energy efficient light bulbs available in the UK. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
o    Electronics – Always turn appliances off when not in use. If you are going away or do not plan to use an item for a while, unplug it to prevent energy loss from electricity usage on standby.
o    Save water – Small and simple steps, such as turning off your taps when brushing your teeth or shaving, can save vast amounts of water wastage and money.
o    Solar – If solar power is an option for you, then definitely consider it. It’s a fantastic renewable source of energy.
Your Car
o    Drive more efficiently – Research has shown that carbon emissions could be significantly reduced by making a few small and simple changes to the way that we drive:
o    Accelerate slowly and smoothly
o    Respect the speed limit
o    Maintain a steady consistent speed
o    Anticipate your stops and starts
o    Maintenance - Check your car is regularly inspected and serviced correctly in order to ensure that it runs efficiently.  Regularly check and replace your air, oil and fuel gauges.  
o    Tyres – Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated.
o    Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle – New vehicles have to adhere to strict air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions standards. A lot of new vehicles are even hybrid. Should you be looking to buy a new vehicle, choose one that is kinder on the environment.
Your Day-to-Day Travel
We can all find ways to travel more efficiently. Here are our top suggestions:
o    If possible and safe why not choose to walk or cycle?
o    If your journey is a little too long, use public transport.
o    If you have to use your car for a journey, think about these energy and money saving options:  
o    Car sharing
o    Combining your journey with another journey
o    If you have to use your car to get to work, find out if it is possible to work from home on certain days.
Your Air Travel
In this global age, air travel is often necessary. However there are many ways that we can look to reduce our impact on the climate.
o    Start by asking yourself IF the trip is necessary
o    Could you conduct your meeting via Skype or video conferencing?
o    Could you take a train instead?
o    If air travel is necessary
o    Select a nonstop flight – these are less harmful on the environment than flights that require a transit.
o    On arrival, select local travel options that are less harmful to the environment (coach, train, metro)
o    Select an accommodation provider that actively seeks to reduce their carbon outputs.
o    While you are away
o    Turn all your appliances off in your home and at your workplace. A waste of energy is also a waste of money.
Your Office
We spend a great deal of our lives inside an office, so it is essential that we look at ways of reducing our carbon emissions at our workplace.
o    Ensure power management is enabled so all computers shut down automatically at the end of the day.  
o    Do not print anything unless necessary. If you do need to print, then ensure that you print on both sides of paper. This also helps to save our depleting rainforest!
o    Turn off office lights and heating when the workplace is empty.
o    Ensure recycling bins are located in each room.

Your Everyday Life
According to CarbonFund  ‘only 40% of the average American’s carbon footprint is due to their direct energy use. The other 60% is indirect’. This means that the majority of our carbon emissions are created by consumption. We need to look at ways to reduce this level of wastage.
The Three Rs: Reduce.  Reuse.  Recycle.
It is simple and easy to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
o    Buy less food – don’t get tempted by supermarket offers as these are often a false economy. The vast majority of time, the extra FREE products ends up in the bin.
o    Don’t waste food. Approximately 25% of food gets thrown away. This rubbish ends up in landfill.
o    Buy locally to avoid carbon emissions caused by transportation. 
o    Eat less meat. 
o    Recycle: the vast majority of your rubbish can be recycled easily.
o    Stop junk mail by asking direct mailers to remove your name from their databases.
It is always better to look at ways of reducing our carbon emissions. However, it is impossible to completely eliminate them. In order to become carbon neutral, we must look to carbon offsetting schemes such as Batan. Batan is a digital carbon emissions offsetting system. The batan offset is comprised of a basket of allowances and offsets from the world’s main emissions trading and carbon credit schemes. The basket composition reflects the size of each scheme and is designed to represent a global emissions reduction unit.
By purchasing and owning batans, you are supporting all of the major emission reductions schemes around the world. To purchase batan, or to find other ways to earn batan, head to www.batan.io .

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