5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint without breaking into a sweat

Top tips to reduce your energy consumption and your carbon emissions

There’s no hiding from it anymore; climate change is a global crisis - and it’s our responsibility to do whatever we can to protect our planet. At Climateq, we’re on a mission to drive down global electricity consumption and maximise carbon savings with our British designed and manufactured air conditioning and lighting control technologies. While companies like ours are making a positive impact, there are actions we can ALL take to reduce our own personal carbon footprints. We’ve chosen our Top 5 to give you some ideas:

1. On your bike!

Haven’t cycled for a while? Challenge yourself to drive less and cycle more! Riding your bike forces you to use your own muscle power - you’ll get a great workout in AND be helping the environment, plus it requires much less energy to produce a bike than it does to manufacture a car so it’s a win-win! If you can’t cycle to work for health or logistical reasons, try and use public transport where you can. It puts less cars on the road, reducing those annoying traffic jams as well as massively reducing pollution.

2. Eat seasonally and locally

Eating seasonally also means eating locally. When you support local farmers, you don’t have to worry about how far your food traveled to get to you. You know it hasn’t been travelling across land and sea for days, creating great clouds of exhaust fumes as it goes. Check your local farmers market to see which foods are in season near you. Get to know the farmers there and feel free to ask them about their farming practices. Organic is best. And don’t forget to take some reusable bags with you to further reduce waste! At the end of the day, you can enjoy your meals knowing that the food has been sourced sustainably and it'll taste better too.

3. Learn the 3 R's

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Have you ever gone to the supermarket with a shopping list, only to return home with 15 bags full of impulse purchases? It’s time to start being a little more mindful about how you’re shopping. Plan your meals so that you only buy what you need. Think carefully about whether what you’re buying will realistically get used. If you reduce what you’re buying unnecessarily, you’ll also reduce your amount of waste.

When things break, it’s very tempting to take them straight to the tip. But try and think of ways you could either repair it, or upcycle it, to save it from going into landfill. There are also Repair Café's springing up where you can take your broken treasures and someone will fix them and make them as good as new again. Keep an eye open for them. Or even volunteer if you're good with a needle or a spanner.

The big one - RECYCLE. Properly recycle any plastic, paper, glass or metal that you can’t reuse or reduce. If you’re not sure what you can and can’t recycle, check out the latest guidelines.

4. Say goodbye to standby

You'll probably have already heard that you shouldn't leave your TV on standby, or your mobile phone charger plugged in and switched on at the wall when you're not using it. Think it’s just a myth? Switching your appliances off standby mode can save you around £30 a year, according to The Energy Saving Trust. Time to get unplugging!

5. Get in with Climateq!

You knew we were going to get this in somewhere, right? Our air conditioning and lighting controls are proven to deliver a flexible, cost effective approach to meet today’s tough energy challenges. We work across the low carbon arena, with facilities management companies and energy consultants – as well as end users. In fact, our experience reaches across a whole host of sectors including: commercial, retail, education, health, FM, the emergency services, hospitality and leisure. Of course, our background is in holiday property management, so we’re experts when it comes to reducing emissions and costs in your properties abroad. If you’d like to find out more about what our technologies can do for you, get in touch!

The last word

There you have it - five simple ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. They’re pretty easy to follow, right? Start small and the changes will speak for themselves. After all, we’re all in this together and every last kilowatt really does count.

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