Thursday, 4 January 2007

Reduce Your Footprint in 2007

If 2006 was the year the world woke up to climate change, 2007 may be the year we start to tackle it.

There are lots of opportunities to reduce your personal carbon footprint - at home, at work, and while traveling. But there are only so many hours in the day. So what changes will truly make a difference without throwing your life into disarray? I recommend starting with the big things.

Switching to efficient lightbulbs in your home can reduce CO2 emissions from lighting by 75%. But lighting accounts for only 2% of your household's carbon footprint in the first place.

So switching every single lightbulb in your home to an efficient model helps, but it's a big part of a small thing.

You could get nearly five times the savings by avoiding excessive idling while driving your car. Stopped for more than a minute? Switch off the ignition. It doesn't sound like a dramatic change, but your car is responsible for 40% of your household's carbon footprint.

So switching off the motor when you're stopped is a small part of a big thing.

A great New Year's resolution might be to make small changes to the biggest components of your carbon footprint. You'll be making a real difference. And what you can't reduce you can neutralise with a Carbon Clear offset package.

Have a great 2007.

(Carbon Clear Homepage)