The world is changing. Temperatures are going up, ice caps are melting and storms are becoming stronger. You could blame greedy corporations and their endless industrialisation, but part of the blame lies on the average people just going about their day. If you want to turn things around, start with yourself. Get to know how you can reduce your carbon footprint.
Get your heat from the ground.
Geothermal heating is a system that uses the ground around your home as both a heat source and a heat sink. The system uses a heat pump that can transfer heat from the ground into your home when it’s cold, and also cool down your house when it’s hot.
These systems can function in any climate, and places as cold as Sweden and Switzerland have high demand for this relatively cheap heating system. Geothermal heating does not involve burning any fossil fuel, so it produces a very minimal carbon footprint.
Drive a smaller car.
One popular misconception is that driving an electric car will drastically reduce your carbon footprint — in a lot of cases, it will not. Most countries still rely on burning fossil fuels for producing power, so an electric car still burns the same fuels — although indirectly. Getting a smaller car will mean you consume less fuel, especially if you get a fuel-efficient model.
Reduce your energy usage.
Your home uses a vast amount of electricity — electricity that might come from burning fossil fuels. Make energy efficiency your top priority when buying appliances, and remember to turn them off when you’re not using them. Getting energy-efficient appliances is no excuse to be neglectful.
Don’t get too extreme when it comes to heating and cooling, and try to keep your house well-insulated to prevent heat from leaking out or getting in.
Although a little late in the game, you could still help the Earth by reducing your own carbon footprint. It might seem insignificant — thinking of the big mess we’re already in — but if more people make the change, then it can start the healing process that the Earth needs.