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Reduce Your Personal Environmental Impact: Tips and Tricks

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by: Sharai Hoekema
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It is that time of the year to come up with all kind of New Year resolutions: lose weight and eat healthier. Travel more. Work less. Spend more time with our loved ones. Those will definitely top the list for most of us. Yet we have another great one for you to add. How about we start 2019 with every intention of reducing our carbon footprint? Effectively, reducing your carbon footprint means that you will reduce your personal impact on the environment - preferably by becoming completely ‘carbon neutral’, which means that your net impact on the world amounts to 0 (or, for the really ambitious ones, will be positive - meaning that you give back more to the world than you take from it).

Unbeknownst to us, we are susceptible to wasting energy on things that would require virtually zero energy to change. And reducing our energy footprint is key in conserving resources, in doing so reducing greenhouse gas pollution. By becoming more sustainable ourselves, we can do our part in stopping climate change and the destruction of ecosystems.

Helpful tips and tricks that you will find surprisingly easy to implement in your new daily routine for 2019.

  1. Plug out your devices!

Although some people will claim the opposite, it is a fact that most applicants will keep on using energy when they are idle. This is a phenomenon aptly called ‘phantom load’, something that can add more than € 100 to our annual energy bill - and something that is basically wasted energy! So, directly unplugging your appliances and devices after using them will save both money and the planet. Afraid it will be too labour-intensive? Consider plugging such items into one single power strip and turn that whole strip off when you are done cooking, doing laundry, or getting ready in the morning.

  1. Get regular check-ups

This applies to pretty much everything, whether it is your car, your heating and AC-systems, your fridge, your oven, your washing machine… If you take better care of those installations and appliances, they will not only last longer - great for your wallet and the environment! -, they will also use less energy. Double win!

  1. Dress appropriately - especially indoors

Most of us will want to feel comfortable in our own homes. While we do usually dress weather-appropriately when going outside, we refuse to do so at home. Bring on the comfy shorts and tops, even in the dead of winter - or your favourite hoodie in the midst of summer! So we adjust our thermostat accordingly. Not quite a sustainable practice. You are better off sticking closer to the outdoor temperature. So turn up the airconditioning by some degrees in the summer and dial down the temperature of the heating in the winter. Again both a money and climate saver.

  1. Natural laundry

Did you know that a significant portion of your energy bill can be attributed to your laundry machine and dryer? Therefore, you might consider greening up laundry day. Instead of putting your clothes in the dryer, you could install a rack in the garden and let them dry up ‘au natural’. Even better, the smell of fresh grass and sunshine cannot be beat by any fabric softener! For the real enthusiast, also consider doing the laundry by hand. Round up some neighbours and friends and make it your fun gossip afternoon. Saving $$ on the energy bill while giving your washing machine a break!

laundry, line, blue sky

Photo by: Eric Withsoe

  1. Travel responsibly

Now this would make a great resolution! Preferably, you would leave your car in the garage and opt for public transport (Read also: Green Sustainable Hydrogen By Hyundai Toyota and Honda), or bike or walk instead. If you do, however, really need to get out in your car, there are some ways of becoming more carbon neutral as well. For instance, by turning off your engine when you are not driving. Do not keep on idling when stuck in a traffic jam, waiting for the traffic lights, or parked in the drive-thru. Once you are ready to start driving, it is generally a good idea to accelerate gently and save gas. For the same reason, keep an eye on your speed: reducing your speed will really make a difference in your car’s gasoline consumption.

  1. Shop responsibly

Finally, consider tackling your shopping addiction and climate change in one go - while, once again, doing your bank account a huge favour. When you go shopping, whether it is for groceries or just ‘for fun’, consider how these things will affect the world around you. Consider looking into organic and local products, produced in a sustainable manner and not hauled halfway across the world to end up in your bag. Find products that fit your needs, so do not get that huge family home or mini-van if you are just by yourself. Bring your own bag when shopping and avoid heavily packaged products. And most importantly, keep on asking yourself: do I really need this?

Well, there you have it. Reducing your carbon footprint can be as simple as following these tips. And it might even save you money! So, without having to compromise on your lifestyle, you can make a promise to be more sustainable in 2019. (Read also: Getting Helthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Doing Exercise) Will it be on your resolutions list?

Cover photo by: Luke Michael

https://www.whatsorb.com/community/artificial-intelligence-a-game-changer-for-climate-change-and-the-environment

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For WhatsOrb, publishing on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature, waste, lifestyle and sustainable solutions the prominence it deserves.

At this turbulent time for ‘all’ species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on facts, not on political prejudice or business interests.

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Reduce Your Personal Environmental Impact: Tips and Tricks

It is that time of the year to come up with all kind of New Year resolutions: lose weight and eat healthier. Travel more. Work less. Spend more time with our loved ones. Those will definitely top the list for most of us. Yet we have another great one for you to add. How about we start 2019 with every intention of reducing our carbon footprint?  Effectively, reducing your carbon footprint means that you will reduce your personal impact on the environment - preferably by becoming completely ‘carbon neutral’, which means that your net impact on the world amounts to 0 (or, for the really ambitious ones, will be positive - meaning that you give back more to the world than you take from it). Unbeknownst to us, we are susceptible to wasting energy on things that would require virtually zero energy to change. And reducing our energy footprint is key in conserving resources, in doing so reducing greenhouse gas pollution. By becoming more sustainable ourselves, we can do our part in stopping climate change and the destruction of ecosystems. Helpful tips and tricks that you will find surprisingly easy to implement in your new daily routine for 2019. Plug out your devices! Although some people will claim the opposite, it is a fact that most applicants will keep on using energy when they are idle. This is a phenomenon aptly called ‘phantom load’, something that can add more than € 100 to our annual energy bill - and something that is basically wasted energy! So, directly unplugging your appliances and devices after using them will save both money and the planet. Afraid it will be too labour-intensive? Consider plugging such items into one single power strip and turn that whole strip off when you are done cooking, doing laundry, or getting ready in the morning. Get regular check-ups This applies to pretty much everything, whether it is your car, your heating and AC-systems, your fridge, your oven, your washing machine… If you take better care of those installations and appliances, they will not only last longer - great for your wallet and the environment! -, they will also use less energy. Double win! Dress appropriately - especially indoors Most of us will want to feel comfortable in our own homes. While we do usually dress weather-appropriately when going outside, we refuse to do so at home. Bring on the comfy shorts and tops, even in the dead of winter - or your favourite hoodie in the midst of summer! So we adjust our thermostat accordingly. Not quite a sustainable practice. You are better off sticking closer to the outdoor temperature. So turn up the airconditioning by some degrees in the summer and dial down the temperature of the heating in the winter. Again both a money and climate saver. Natural laundry Did you know that a significant portion of your energy bill can be attributed to your laundry machine and dryer? Therefore, you might consider greening up laundry day. Instead of putting your clothes in the dryer, you could install a rack in the garden and let them dry up ‘au natural’. Even better, the smell of fresh grass and sunshine cannot be beat by any fabric softener! For the real enthusiast, also consider doing the laundry by hand. Round up some neighbours and friends and make it your fun gossip afternoon. Saving $$ on the energy bill while giving your washing machine a break! Photo by: Eric Withsoe Travel responsibly Now this would make a great resolution! Preferably, you would leave your car in the garage and opt for public transport ( Read also: Green Sustainable Hydrogen By Hyundai Toyota and Honda ), or bike or walk instead. If you do, however, really need to get out in your car, there are some ways of becoming more carbon neutral as well. For instance, by turning off your engine when you are not driving. Do not keep on idling when stuck in a traffic jam, waiting for the traffic lights, or parked in the drive-thru. Once you are ready to start driving, it is generally a good idea to accelerate gently and save gas. For the same reason, keep an eye on your speed: reducing your speed will really make a difference in your car’s gasoline consumption. Shop responsibly Finally, consider tackling your shopping addiction and climate change in one go - while, once again, doing your bank account a huge favour. When you go shopping, whether it is for groceries or just ‘for fun’, consider how these things will affect the world around you. Consider looking into organic and local products, produced in a sustainable manner and not hauled halfway across the world to end up in your bag. Find products that fit your needs, so do not get that huge family home or mini-van if you are just by yourself. Bring your own bag when shopping and avoid heavily packaged products. And most importantly, keep on asking yourself: do I really need this? Well, there you have it. Reducing your carbon footprint can be as simple as following these tips. And it might even save you money! So, without having to compromise on your lifestyle, you can make a promise to be more sustainable in 2019. ( Read also: Getting Helthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Doing Exercise ) Will it be on your resolutions list? Cover photo by: Luke Michael https://www.whatsorb.com/community/artificial-intelligence-a-game-changer-for-climate-change-and-the-environment
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