If you’ve made the decision to help promote a cleaner, greener footprint by reducing your carbon footprint, chances are you might be wondering exactly how to be eco-friendly and which steps you can take to get started. Here are three different things that you can do to personally reduce greenhouse gas emissions here in Canada.
Use Less Energy at Home
The first step to take when figuring out how to reduce your carbon footprint is as simple as the flick of a switch –literally. It may sound like something you would teach a child, but simply turning off the lights in a room when they aren’t needed is very important. In addition to that, try unplugging your electronics when they aren’t in use. Believe it or not, some experts suggest that unplugging unused TVs, printers, phone chargers and other electronics when they aren’t in use can save up to 10% or more on your monthly utility bill. That also translates to a reduction in greenhouse emissions.
In the market for new home appliances? Be sure to select models with superior energy efficiency. The technology behind many appliances, such as refrigerators has allowed for incredible improvements in efficiency. Thanks to green technologies, a refrigerator made today is 40% more efficient than one made only ten years ago.
Eat for Efficiency
You may have heard all about the growing movement toward eating more locally grown or raised food. This is a great way to preserve the livelihoods of local farmers and to enjoy fresher, tastier foods. But did you know that eating locally helps to reduce your carbon footprint?
It’s estimated that on average, food travels between 2,400 km to 3,200 km from its point of origin to the consumer. This distance results in an incredibly large footprint. However, if you choose to eat locally from farmers’ markets or by joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) system you can help reduce the need for shipping and extraneous packaging.
Ride An Electric Bike!
Making a change in your mode of transit is an excellent way to do your part in the reduction of greenhouse gas. When you switch from driving a car to an electric bike you can save money on insurance, licensing and best of all, you’ll be able to reduce your carbon footprint in a significant (and stylish) way.
Electric bikes are allowed everywhere a bicycle can go in Canada. They can be ridden at a maximum speed of 32 kilometres per hour, following Transport Canada’s regulations for power assisted bicycles.
At Scooteretti we carry only the best electric bicycles from the best brands in the industry. They are durable, sleek and ohhh so much fun to ride. They’re the perfect mode of eco-friendly transportation, whether you live in the heart of the city or in the suburbs.