Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of your individual activities and behaviours.
And as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to consider our carbon footprint.
Not only will this help fight global warming, even in a small way, it can also save you money in the long run, says Solarhub chief executive officer Benn Masters.
”Reducing your carbon footprint not only helps to reduce the damaging effects of climate change, it will also reduce your household running costs such as electricity and fuel, he said.
There are many simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint that don’t cost a lot of money, according to Mr Masters.
“For example, changing to LED light-globes in your house, turning the thermostat down a few degrees in the winter months and riding your bike to work are small but useful things you can do,” he said.
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“To make a big inroads into your carbon footprint you should also consider investing in solar panels and electric vehicles or upgrading some of your old, tired appliances like your fridge.
“In the long run, whether it is a small change to reduce your energy consumption or large purchase like solar panels, the financial savings alone are likely to make it a worthwhile thing to do.”
Solar plays a particular role in reducing the carbon footprint of individuals and companies.
”Solar reduces your carbon footprint by minimising the amount of electricity you draw from the grid,” Mr Masters said.
“Grid electricity is mostly generated by either coal or gas, so by generating your own electricity at your home from solar, you are significantly reducing your use of electricity generated by burning fossil fuels.”
While the issue may seem overwhelming, starting with small steps will make a difference in your personal life and overall.
“Reducing our global carbon footprint will alleviate the harsh effects of climate change, which we are already seeing across the world in the form of increased extreme weather events such as hurricanes and heat waves,” Mr Masters said.