Cutting Your Emissions with Small Lifestyle Changes

Posted on Mar 1 2017 - 8:37pm by Susan

After a long week at work which has you waking up early and coming back late, it makes for a rather refreshing experience to wake up on a Saturday or Sunday morning to some unusually fresh air, with the body noticing what is actually only a slight change. The biggest reason for this slight improvement in the quality of the air is the mere fact that very few of us are out in the cars we drive ourselves to work in, which on any given Saturday can amount to tens of thousands of cars not emitting the carbon monoxide they usually emit.

Just imagine by how much more the air quality would improve if these tens of thousands of cars were stationary for longer periods of time if the air quality improves with them not running for the few hours between late Friday afternoon and Saturday morning!

It would be folly to expect every single car owner to ditch their cars, but a considerable number of us could definitely use our cars less and take advantage of bus pass prices which have clearly been set in part with the green-thinking consumer in mind. Using the bus simply means 20+ cars at any given time are sitting parked somewhere instead of running up the CO2 emissions. It starts with the individual and it’s a simple decision which could even turn out to be more practical for you, beyond the environmental impact in the affirmative.

Cars are definitely becoming more enviro-friendly, but their contribution to carbon emissions is still more than significantly large. If you drive your car for the average of 10 000 miles per year, that’s 2.6 tonnes of CO2 put into the atmosphere at a rate of 160g/km. So you’ll do well to choose the bus over your car where possible.

Just being a bit more careful with the energy you use around the house will ultimately also make a huge difference to your total output. It takes a lot of power to clean the water you use, some of it which really goes to waste through flushing. I’m in no way saying you should stop flushing the toilet, but if you can save 13 litres per flush by perhaps flushing once after every two uses, that will add up to a huge difference.

Developing a keenness for gardening makes for just another way through which to reduce your personal and family CO2 emissions, but also has health benefits that come with eating more organic produce. Plant a tree while you’re at it along with enjoying some rich and nutritious vegetables from your vegetable garden to help offset the emissions-heavy process of mass producing fruits and veggies, not to mention the thousands of kilometres some of these mass produced fruits and veggies otherwise have to travel to get to the stores from which you buy them.

A little really does go a long way and living a greener life is in your best personal interests as well as you’ll inevitably enjoy a better quality of life in addition to helping reduce emissions.