How to reduce your carbon footprint

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The concept is easy. If a huge number of people make small adjustments to their daily habits, then the collective reduction in the carbon footprint can make a meaningful difference to the environment. Charles Stephenson, CEO of Advanced Global Trading, reminds us how we can do our bit.

A carbon footprint is a measurement of the amount of greenhouse gases we produce through everyday activities. Of course we all know we can calculate our carbon footprint online - referencing our electricity and fuel bills and then purchasing Carbon Credits to offset our carbon emissions. An average person can emit up to 20 metric tonnes of CO2 per year, so here are some top tips for reducing our footprints.

1 Flick a switch

Before going to bed, turn the TV off at the wall and unplug the washing machine, dishwasher, water heater, outdoor lights and the kettle. We forgive you for leaving your phone on charge but did you know there are solar chargers these days? Even when your phone is not on charge, if the charger is plugged in you are wasting electricity.

2 Trade in your banger

Check the fuel efficiency of your car. If it’s old, it might be more cost effective to buy a new one, which will be far more fuel-efficient and should have a higher safety rating. If you really need to use the car, keeping to the speed limit and a steadier pace will reduce your fuel bill.

3 Use public transport

Could you walk, cycle, or take the metro or ferry to work and beat the queues? Using public transport wherever possible or carpooling will significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

4 Reduce your  electricity usage

Air conditioning consumes large amounts of electricity so with a little know-how you can reduce both your carbon footprint and your bills: Set your AC onto a warmer setting when you are out of the house, even just a few degrees warmer will make a significant difference, especially in a large villa. Switch it off completely when you can during the day and then have it on only in the bedrooms when sleeping.

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