How to reduce carbon emissions

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  • Introduction

    How to reduce carbon emissions

    With CO2 in our atmosphere considered by many scientists to be reaching a dangerous level, we are all becoming more aware of how we can protect the environment. It is believed that over forty percent of the CO2 emissions from the United Kingdom are caused by the actions of individuals; domestic heating, for example, is responsible for fourteen percent of the country's CO2 emissions. We can all make small changes in our homes and lifestyles which collectively help make a large difference to a global problem.

    Global warming is a worldwide concern. (global warming image by Andrei Merkulov from

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    Switch off all household appliances when not in use; leaving them on standby still uses energy.

    Leaving your television on standby still consumes energy. (old television image by inacio pires from

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    Boil only as much water as you need when using the kettle.

    Only fill your kettle with the amount of water you need. (big metallic kettle image by Maria Brzostowska from

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    Switch on the washing machine only when you have a full load, washing clothes at 30º to save energy.

    Don't use your washing machine unless you have a full load. (laundry image by timur1970 from

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    Use the shower instead of taking a bath; this alone will cut your water consumption by fifty percent.

    Taking a shower instead of a bath is far more energy efficient. (Shower image by Semfamily from

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    Turn your home thermostat down by 1ºC to reduce CO2 emissions and cut your fuel bills.

    Turning your home thermostat down helps save energy. (temperature rising image by Keith Frith from

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    Walk rather than drive whenever possible.

    Walking is far more environmentally friendly than driving. (walking image by michael langley from

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    Try not to waste food by planning menus in advance, buying only the ingredients you need and using all leftovers.

    Planning your meals in advance saves waste and money. (food image by brijesh gurnani from

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    Turn the thermostat down to 60ºC (140ºF) on your hot water cylinder.

    Hot water temperature is a consideration when trying to reduce carbon emissions. (temperature image by Edsweb from

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    Close your curtains at dusk; this prevents heat escaping through the windows.

    Closed curtains keep heat within your home. (window curtains image by Aaron Kohr from

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    Replace traditional light bulbs with energy saving bulbs; this will save money as well as energy.

    Energy saving light bulbs can save a substantial amount of money. (light bulb image by Zbigniew Nowak from

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    Fit an insulating jacket in your hot water tank to trap heat.

    An insulating jacket is a good investment for your water tank. (swimming pool cover image by Alison Bowden from

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    Replace your old boiler (one that is 10 to 15 years old) with an energy efficient condensing boiler (‘A’ rated) and you could save energy and up to £200 per year on your bills.

    Reducing carbon emissions can save a lot of money on your bills. (Paying Bills image by ne_fall_photos from

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    Replace white goods with energy saving recommended appliances.

    All white appliances are available in energy saving models. (kuehlschrank image by Stefan Häuselmann from

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    Choose a fuel-efficient model when it comes time to buy a new car or trade your old one in; this could save you up to three months' worth of fuel over the course of a year.

    A fuel-efficient car is a wise choice for reducing CO2 emissions. (yellow car, a honda japanese sport car model image by alma_sacra from

  • Checklist

    Things you will need

    • Energy saving light bulbs
    • Hot water tank Insulating jacket
    • Energy efficient condensing ('A' rated) boiler
    • Energy saving household appliances
    • Fuel-efficient car
  • More information

    Tips and warnings

    Keeping your tyres correctly inflated and moving up a gear slightly earlier are some of the energy efficient changes you can make to your driving habits, which can save you up to a month’s worth of fuel a year. Visit the ACT ON CO2 website (see Resources below) to answer some simple questions about your home and receive a free, impartial report with further information on how to save energy and reduce your household bills.


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