Change Your Bulbs
The most simple change you can make in your home towards reducing your carbon footprint is switching your lightbulbs. Switching lightbulbs from traditional incandescent bulbs to Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) will save 66% more energy. Using CFL bulbs will also save 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions for every bulb you switch. While traditional incandescent bulbs might be cheaper up front you actually spend more on these bulbs over time.
Reduce Your Waste through Recycling & Composting
Recycling household waste is a simple efficient task that the whole family can take part in. A simple way to ensure efficient recycling in the home is to introduce a recycling system by separating your garbage.
Composting will reduce the amount of household waste in landfills and ease the cost associated with trash collection. Try to make your kitchen more eco friendly by composting food scraps, which can be used as fertiliser for pot plants and herbs. You can also re-use the water used to wash your dishes, provided you’re not using chemical products, on your garden plants and trees.
One should seek to replace plastic garbage bags with biodegradable paper bags and replace plastic utensils with bamboo or stainless-steel utensils.
Plant House Plants, Herbs & Vegetables
Be green in a literal sense. Grow houseplants to improve the air quality in your home. You can also plant herbs and vegetables in a small space, such as a balcony or indoors. This will make you less reliant on the grocery store and reduce your carbon footprint.
If you don’t have enough space to grow the vegetables you’d like don’t fret! Whistler offers a wonderful community gardening program, to promote social and environmental sustainability through greenhouses and gardens. If you’re new to gardening or just want to brush up on your skills, this program also offers helpful gardening guides and events.
Save electricity by unplugging unused appliances. Appliances will continue to consume energy when switched off and on a standbymode. Using extension leads for all appliances and unplugging the lead when a room is not in use can reduce your homes energy consumption by up to 15%.
Unlike other types of flooring, carpet is a natural insulator which provides additional warmth during cold seasons and lowers a homes energy usage. There is a wide range of carpeting available nowadays that is made with recycled or sustainable materials such as recycled wool. Using carpets and rugs on wooden floors can save 4-6% on your energy bill.