Americans are lighting the world on fire. Americans emitted nearly six billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020. Emission rates are going down, but not by much. 

You must take steps today to reduce carbon emissions. Thankfully, there are a few no-nonsense ways to reduce your carbon footprint without harming your life. 

What do you need to stop doing? How can you improve your home without increasing emissions? How can you take care of yourself and go shopping? 

Answer these questions and you live a happy and green life. Here are ten ways to reduce your emissions. 

1. Stop Flying

Airplanes produce an extreme amount of carbon dioxide. You should take a bus or train to get to your destination within your home country. If you must travel abroad, consider using a boat or taking a direct flight.

2. Avoid Driving

Whenever possible, you should use public transportation or rely on rides from other people. If you are within walking distance of your destination, you should put on a good pair of shoes and go walking.

3. Plant a Few Trees

Trees can take carbon emissions that are in the air and use them for fuel. They can also help regenerate soil and water with toxins in them. You can plant a tree in your backyard or spend money at an arboretum to plant trees.

4. Use Solar Energy

Solar energy produces no CO2 emissions whatsoever. You should contact a solar panel company and ask the employees questions about owning solar panels. 

5. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

It is not enough to buy solar panels. You should install insulation in your home so you use less energy to heat your house. You can also buy energy-efficient appliances like dishwashers that use less electricity.

6. Shut Your Appliances Off

Whenever you leave a room, you should turn the lights off. You can unplug televisions and computers that use power while they are idling. 

7. Eat Less Meat

Cows, pigs, and sheep produce carbon emissions when they pass gas, and they consume extensive amounts of water. Shift away from red meat and poultry and try getting your protein from beans and nuts.

8. Use Less Water

You should turn the tap off whenever you are rubbing soap into your hands or brushing your teeth. To minimize the amount of water you use while showering, you should install a low-flow showerhead.

9. Shop From Local Businesses

The closer a business is to you, the less fuel you have to burn in order to drive to it. You should buy your groceries from your neighborhood store or bodega. You should also get products from suppliers based in your area.

10. Recycle

Everything that you can recycle, you should recycle. Take a look at the recycling labels on products and take appropriate steps to recycle them. You may need to clean takeout containers and remove food debris in order to recycle them properly.

Decide How to Reduce Carbon Emissions

You can reduce carbon emissions in a few creative ways. You should stop flying or driving and switch to public transportation. 

At home, you should install solar panels and avoid using electricity from your grid. You can use less energy overall by installing insulation and turning off your appliances. 

You should reduce your meat and water consumption, and you can do both by eating more vegetables. When you go shopping, you should buy from local businesses and purchase recyclable products.

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By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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