It may seem given how large an issue climate change and global warming have become in recent years, that making an individual contribution to lower greenhouse gas emissions will make no difference. On the contrary, the more people who do little, the more it will help save the planet a lot. What follows is what you can do to help with climate change in 2024.
Do an Energy Efficiency Check
Locate the areas around your home that might be using more power than necessary. Also, include inspections of places where you can save money such as adding insulation and replacing old energy-using appliances with energy efficient models.
You might check with your local electric cooperative or local non-profit to see if they offer inspection services. An expert can help you discover ways to save on electricity that you may not see yourself.
Change Out Light Bulbs
If you have any incandescent light bulbs still in use, replace them with compact fluorescent or LED lights which use a fraction of the energy. A single light bulb change will save up to 150 pounds of carbon emissions each year. That action not only has a positive effect on global warming, but it will also put more money in your wallet as well thanks to lower electric bills.
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
It takes considerable energy to heat the water in your water heater. By using less hot water for your laundry, combined with taking shorter showers you could lower the release of carbon dioxide by up to 500 pounds. If you enjoy hot showers, then try washing more of your laundry in cold water. That small action will help reduce climate change.
Flip the Switch to Off
If you have electronic devices that are not in use, such as computers, TVs, DVD players, stereos, and the like, be sure that they are shut off. An active electronic device is costing you money and creating a considerable amount of carbon dioxide every year through its energy use.
Go around your home and shut off any devices that you are currently not using.
Reset Your Thermostat
If you move your thermostat just two degrees down in the winter and up two degrees more in the summer, you might save upwards of 2,000 pounds of carbon emissions every year. Plus, just like with changing your light bulbs, you can fight climate change and save on your energy bills, too.
Use Public Transportation When Possible
If you live near a bus stop, train station, or other location that provides public transportation, use it as part of your daily commute or whenever you can. Plus, if you can safely ride a bike instead of driving your vehicle, that is a great way to save on carbon emissions.
For those who must drive, try to combine different trips into one. That will reduce the driving time and help save on carbon emissions as well.
Such actions to address climate change may seem small, but their effects build every day. And with more people acting, global warming can be addressed by everyone with the benefit of saving more money as well.
Contact Brickley Environmental Today
With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.
- Asbestos Abatement
- Mold Remediation
- Lead-Based Paint Removal
- Hazardous Waste Removal
If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.