3 Ways To Cut Your Carbon Footprint This Winter


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The winter period is the coldest of the year, yet it’s the warmest in terms of how many carbon emissions are sent into the atmosphere. As a society, we’ve gotten into the habit of creating massive carbon footprints when the nights draw in. You can already think of a couple of main reasons for this, the key one being the weather. As it gets colder, we see the need to turn our thermostats up, blasting the heating for hours on end. This creates a large carbon footprint, and you can imagine how devastating this is when you factor in every household that does the same thing. 

Thankfully, there are some simple ideas that will help you cut your carbon footprint and live a more eco-friendly life this coming winter. Here’s what you should do:

Wrap up warm

Put your winter clothes on and wrap up nice and warm when the temperature drops. Throwing on some jumpers and an extra layer or two will negate the need to turn your heating on now and then. At the very least, you can turn it to a lower setting, minimizing your carbon footprint. 

This is also applicable when you’re in your car. You will drive more in the winter, and you will also have the heating on full blast. By wrapping up warm and wearing gloves and a coat in the car, you won’t need to turn the heating on as often. Less energy is used in your car, which reduces the emissions. 

Upgrade your insulation

A lot of our homes aren’t built to withstand the cold weather. Instead, they’re built to deal with the hotter months of the year, keeping us cool. So, when the cold season is upon us, our homes leak so much heat and keep us cold. 

You can prevent this by upgrading your home’s insulation. Get some spray foam insulation in your attic and between your walls, trapping more heat inside your property. The less heat that escapes, the better. Once more, this prevents the need to turn your heating on and waste energy. 

Close doors and windows

Another tactic to reduce your carbon footprint is by keeping doors and windows closed as much as possible. Closing the living room door will trap heat inside that room, and the same goes for other rooms in your home. When all the doors are open, heat dissipates throughout the house, making you feel colder. 

The same goes for your windows as well – if they’re open, you get the benefit of fresh air, but the downside of coldness entering your home and heat leaving it. You should open your windows briefly to let your home ventilate, but keep them shut for most of the day to retain as much heat in your home as you can. 

See, you really don’t have to do anything drastic to reduce your carbon footprint this winter. It’s mainly about figuring out how to use less energy during your daily routine. This means keeping your heating off – or at as low a setting as possible. 


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