How You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint In Everyday Life

With the world as it is more people need to start doing something to rescue their carbon footprint and become more eco-friendly to help reduce the damage that is being done to the planet. For a lot of people, they are already doing something to help be more eco-friendly and reduce their carbon footprint but for others, they may not know where to start or what can actually be done to make a difference. The first thing you should know is that you can have an impact, many people think they won’t have an impact but this collective mindset is the problem, if you can start then someone else may notice and also try and so on.

 

If you are looking to rescue your carbon footprint but you are unsure where to start or you are looking for more ideas, then hopefully, these tips will help you to understand what you can do to be more eco-aware and reduce the impact that you are having on the planet.

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Recycle and reuse

One of the easiest and best places to start with reducing your carbon footprint is with how you dispose of your waste. More and more people are trying to recycle which is a great start but you should look to reduce the waste you are creating, this can be done with reusable water bottles, using reusable straws etc. there are lots of things you can now get to rescue how much plastic and waste you are creating. If you cannot reuse things then make sure you are recycling them correctly, too much goes to landfills that could have just been recycled and this can have such a big impact on the planet. You should also look to try and donate items you no longer want instead of just tossing it out. If you can try to fix things too instead of replacing them this can help to cut down your waste and make sure you are recycling better. 

Switch to sustainable energy

Renewable energy has a lot less impact on our planet than fossil fuels so switching to sustainable energy is going to help really make an impact on the world. This can be done in a few ways, you can find an energy provider that uses renewable energy for their power or you could make your home solar powered. Both choices will help to rescue your carbon footprint but both have different costs. As normal with paying for your power, you will be billed as normal for the power you use. 

However, making your home solar powered is more of an investment, you can purchase the solar panels and get connected for an initial cost, then you are going to be only using your solar energy to power your home and batteries should you get them for backup. You can also make money off of the solar to help recoup costs, this is done by putting any energy not used back into the power grid for other providers to use who will actually pay you for doing so, which means you can make your money back and reduce your carbon footprint.

Switch things off

If you tend to leave appliances on or on standby they are still going to be drawing power unless switched off by the plug. Even if you have a phone charger plugged in and it isn’t being used it will still be drawing some power so make sure you switch off all your devices and appliances when you are not using them, and make sure you do not have things set to standby, although this can be convenient it will still be costing you money and increasing your carbon footprint. This goes for your lights as well, a lot of people tend to go room to room and just leave the lights on, try and turn them off when you leave a room and then back on if you reenter it, this may seem minor but can help reduce your bill and your carbon footprint.

If you struggle to remember to switch off plugs or devices then getting smart tech like some smart bulbs and plugs can really help with this as you can switch them off and on with your phone and see what lights are on giving you more control over them. You can also set timers up and things like that to help make sure that things are getting switched off when they need to be.

If you struggle to reduce your carbon footprint or you are unsure how you can reduce it or go greener in your daily life, then these tips should help you to understand what you can do to be more eco-friendly and reduce the impact you are having on the planet.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Top Ways To Reduce Stress This Christmas

 

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Christmas is a magical time, but a lot of work goes into that. Between buying presents, planning out parties and other activities, and much more, it can often feel overwhelming. That could end up in a lot of stress.

Nobody wants to go through that, so you’ll want to get rid of this as much as possible. Planning things ahead of time will be the most recommended way of doing so. You should focus on a few particular areas when you’re doing so.

While you could still feel a little stressed, it should be minimal compared to what your stress levels otherwise would have.

Avoid Stressful Situations

You’ll know better than anyone what will cause you to start stressing. It’s worth avoiding these as much as you can. If you’re able to plan this in advance, then that could be recommended. Deciding not to host a party, for instance, will cut out a lot of stress.

The same can be said for multiple other things involved in the big day. That could also mean avoiding certain relatives or other people. While you’ll need to be tactful with this, it can be more than worth it.

Simplify As Much As Possible

One of the easiest ways to reduce stress this Christmas is to simplify whatever you can. You can focus on quite a few things with this. Dinner on the day itself could be one of the more important areas.

If you want to make sure everything’s high-quality but relatively low-effort, you could look up a few recipes online. Looking up how to make buttercream frosting from Preppy Kitchen, alongside a few other recipes, can cut down on your preparation and cooking time.

While you’ll still have to put in some effort, it’ll be much less than many other meals. The meal itself will be just as good, if not better.

Set Aside Time To Relax

When most people plan out their Christmas activities, they focus solely on what they need to get done. You’ve likely done the same thing before. If you have, you might’ve found that you’re still rushing around and don’t have much time to yourself.

Everyone will naturally want to avoid that. You could find yourself running around too much otherwise. That’s why it’s vital to set time aside for yourself. Taking the time to relax is more than recommended throughout the holiday season.

You might find that that’s easier said than done. It could be worth learning to say ‘no’ to some things. If you don’t, you could find yourself getting overbooked relatively quickly. Between that and running around to different activities, you’ll be much more stressed than you’d want.

Turning things down, provided they’re something you don’t have the time for or don’t want to go to, will avoid that. Combined with each of the tips above, that could reduce your stress levels quite significantly during the festive period.

Between that and the positive aspects of the holiday, there shouldn’t be anything stopping you from enjoying yourself.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Groove Life Gear Review

Hello again everyone!
I would like to introduce my only daughter, Gabby. She’s the “baby” of my family and turning 19 this November. She’s kind, intelligent, funny and fierce and I’m a very proud Mom!
Gabby is probably my easiest to make happy when it comes to how she likes to celebrate her birthday, as well as to shop for. Her style ranges from Crocs and torn jeans to stylish rompers and bursting colors!
When I ask her how she’d like to celebrate each year her request is always the same, to have a family dinner made of her favorite dish – my lasagna with a cake or sometimes a Key Lime Pie of course!
Very rarely does she have a gift request, which is both a blessing and a curse. I have to think, plan, shop and discover the things she may like.
So now that I’ve told you just how easy going and special this girl is, I need your help! Any suggestions on how I can “wow” my daughter with a gift this year?
For reference here is my darling girl at a local park we enjoy walking. As you see I wasn’t exaggerating when I said torn jeans! Camo is her favorite pattern, her stackable rings and tactical belt are from Groove Life and show her active, adventure-inspired style. Maybe I’ll add to her outdoorsy collection this year or to her minimal but mighty glam style but either way – I better start shopping,
1 month to go!
– Nicole Valenzuela

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