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Becoming carbon neutral is the goal of many people; especially those that want to contribute positively to the environment and help in the fight against global warming. There are several ways to go about this, but in most cases you need to combine most of them to reduce your footprint enough to get to your goal. In this article I’m going to list a few good tips for you to get started.
The first thing you want to think about is to reduce your energy consumption. No, I’m not talking about shutting off all the electricity in your house and go into the woods where you will live the rest of your days. What I’m talking about is to be smart about the way you spend your energy.
Turing off electrical devices when not using them is the first one (and probably the most obvious one too). If you leave a room the first thing you should think about is if you’ve remembered to turn off the lights and the TV. The stand-by mode is not recommended, because in reality most of these devices use almost just as much power as when fully on.
The same goes for the heating in your house. I recommend you to reduce the temperature on the thermostat before you go to bed (most of the newer thermostats have automatically functions that allow you to program the heat at different times). You will not need to keep the temperature as high when you are sleeping as you do when you’re awake. This also applies when leaving the house for a few hours.
Another thing you could do is to offset your carbon footprint. This is basically paying other companies to engage in activites that indirectly makes up for some of your emissions through activities such as planting new trees.
Making the transition to renewable energy sources happen faster by investing and/or installing systems such as residential wind turbines is a also a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. Read more about wind in the article Wind Energy Pros and Cons.
Take in use the above and recommended tips if you want to come closer to being carbon neutral. Additional tips can be found at http://energyinformative.org.