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  • Writer's pictureKat Buckley

Our top tips to reduce your carbon footprint at home

Sustainable living is having a moment on social media, but it’s not just for influencers, it’s for everyone. Here are six simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home.

1. Get the UK Zero App

Starting with the easiest one on the list, download the UK Zero app and use it to track the UK’s clean energy status. You can choose to be notified when we’re running on a high percentage of clean energy so you know the best time to use your energy-heavy appliances with the least impact on the environment.

2. LED Bulbs

LED bulbs use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer. Although the initial purchase is more than a traditional lightbulb, making the switch will reduce your energy consumption and save you money on electricity bills.

3. Energy efficient appliances

This one may take several years to complete, but if you are considering new appliances, investing in energy-efficient ones will significantly reduce household energy consumption. When purchasing new appliances, always check the energy label. This rates appliances from A to G, with A being the most efficient product of its class and G being the least efficient.

4. Turn your tap off

A dripping tap wastes at least 5,500 litres of water a year. Prevent unnecessary water wastage by regularly checking for leaks and fixing them promptly. Don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth! A running tap wastes over 6 litres per minute. If you’ve got a dishwasher, use the eco-friendly option - washing up by hand uses more water and energy than a modern dishwasher. 

5. Recycling

The UK has a great recycling system, so make sure you’re using it to its full potential. You can find your local council's recycling guidelines online and segregate your waste accordingly. Composting is a great way to reduce food waste, this can be collected by the council or used to create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Minimise your use of single-use plastics by opting for reusable alternatives. Invest in cloth shopping bags, stainless steel water bottles, and beeswax wraps for food storage.

6. Use Public Transport!

Use public transport when you can. Opt for buses, trains, or trams instead of driving to help reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion. For shorter distances, try cycling or walking. It’s good for the environment and your health. Consider car-sharing schemes or transitioning to an electric vehicle if you need to drive. The government offers grants to help with the cost of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Join the movement! Download UK Zero, connect with others, and let's work together for a sustainable future.

The UK Zero logo beside a phone with the UK Zero home screen showing the UK's energy mix on the 11th May 2023.


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