Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint: Tips for a Greener Lifestyle

By shakir_williams on 04/09/2018

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Walk. Don’t Drive

man riding bike

tesla electric vehicle

Take a stroll, relieve some stress, and save the planet while doing it. You can drastically reduce your carbon emissions by walking or riding a bike. In addition to walking, there are several alternative transportation options to choose from. Carpooling is a great way to reduce your weekly carbon emissions. Choosing to take public transportation is also a great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Here are some other changes you can make to start living a greener life today:

orange checkKeep your tires inflated to improve gas mileage

orange checkGet engine tune ups regularly

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Energy Star

Energy Star LED light bulb

Just by purchasing Energy Star appliances, like refrigerators, washers, and dryers, you can drastically lower your water and energy consumption. Products with the energy star label are specially designed to have superior energy efficiency.




Solar Panels

solar panels

While solar panels can be an expensive option for your home, they can practically pay for themselves with energy savings. You can even save money with tax incentives and energy rebates from your local utility company. Find out if you're eligible for tax credits!



Eat Food

locally grown produce in basket

Support local farmers and purchase locally grown produce instead of buying from the grocery store. The mass production and transportation of food makes up for about 13% of the U.S. greenhouse gases.

Make your own compost!


Reduce. Reuse. Recycle

green recycling trash can

Recycling can help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from landfills. So, take the time to start recycling plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, and glass bottles around the house. Encourage your family to do the same. Make it a game! At the end of the work week, measure how much each family member was able to recycle, and the individual with the most recycled items gets a prize.



Reduce Water Consumption

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There are several ways to reduce your water consumption:

orange checkTurn off the water when you aren’t using it

orange checkInstall energy efficient water faucets and showerheads

orange checkUse cooking water for watering plants

orange checkMake a rain harvesting water barrel

orange checkHarvest gray water for your garden

There are plenty of ways that you can start reducing your carbon footprint, but these are just a few. Start making small adjustments to your life today, so you can live a more sustainable future.


“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.”

~Jamais Cascio~

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