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Reduce your home’s CO2 emissions

There are many ways in which you can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions created by your home. Although it’s almost impossible to make your home carbon neutral, you can definitely reduce its energy consumption by making a few small adjustments to the way you live in it.

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Take for example, the tumble dryer. This is one of the biggest culprits for using electricity and creating CO2 emissions unnecessarily. By using a washing line in the garden or by installing a pulley indoor drying system you can reduce your home’s CO2 emissions by up to xx kg a year. Of course, it’s not always practical – especially if you have a week of solid rain in the winter, but most of the year you shouldn’t really need to use the dryer.

Another easy way to reduce consumption of electricity is to power off all electrical devices that aren’t in use. This is different to leaving things on standby – which still draws power. If plugs are in awkward places for you to access consider fitting timer switches to cut the power instead. Turning down the hot water and heating thermostat a degree or two will also reduce CO2 emissions.

The choice of furniture can indirectly affect your home’s emissions. If, for example, you choose fabric sofas or a recliner chair that have been made with renewable materials and produced in an environmentally friendly manner, you can mentally offset some of the CO2 emissions created by your central heating system.

Similarly, by planting trees in the garden, you can offset CO2 emissions as trees absorb CO2. One of the best plants for doing this is bamboo. It grows really easily, and absorbs up to 30 more carbon dioxide than other tree species. However, you should be careful where you plant it as the root systems can be very invasive.

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