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Ecology house and familyAs the years have continued to progress—as they do—so too have the calls to address climate change. While the problem is indeed global, changing habits at a local level can help offset the strain on our environment. This isn’t new news, but knowledge is power, and sometimes a little encouragement is all we need. Knowing how to reduce your carbon footprint from home is a great first step toward addressing a wasteful lifestyle.

This doesn’t have to be an arduous process that’s headache-laden and stressful. The solutions are simple, and in some cases, even practical. A little planning and resolve can go a long way, and luckily, we’re here to provide a couple helpful tips. Let us know how you reduce your carbon footprint by sounding off in the comments below.

Keep it Simple

Many of these suggestions will seem obvious, and that’s because they are, but reducing your carbon footprint is a lifelong journey. It’s a lifestyle plan, and like any good plan, it deserves to be reviewed and revised if necessary.

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Where possible, minimize the amount of time you spend driving. Consider alternate forms of travel such as public transportation, biking, or walking. The less carbon we pump out into the air the better (hence: carbon footprint).

Food

Scientists are now calling for drastic reductions to the amount of meat people consume. Because of the damage that food-production has on the environment, being conscientious of what we eat can help mitigate some of the impact.

Home Maintenance

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Switch to using low-flow toilets and faucet heads to avoid wasting water. Have a green thumb? How about installing a rain barrel instead of using your tap to water the garden? Keeping up on general maintenance around the house is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint from home.

Educate

Knowledge is power. The more you can learn about climate change the better, and be sure to spread the word. Join groups involved in fighting climate change, support green initiatives when you can. Here’s a great link to check out for one local group.

As always, Over 55 Skills at Work is here for you. Let us help drive you to an appointment, seal up any cracks around the house, or even change a furnace filter. We can help you reduce your carbon footprint from home!

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