|Easy and Effective ways to reduce your Carbon Footprint
Reduce where you can, offset where you can’t.
When it comes to climate change and keeping our planet as green and beautiful as possible, everyone is required to do their part. There are numerous easy and effective ways to go about reducing your carbon footprint, whether it’s at home or at the office.
The Soventix solar photovoltaic projects, both large and small, form part of our contribution towards a better future. Each solar installation aims to advance climate protection and combat climate change.
Installing home and business solar power solutions is a significant step towards reducing your carbon footprint. Although before you go about turning your solar dream into a reality, you should be sure to reduce your energy consumption as much as possible as it will allow you to keep your solar costs to a minimum.
Let’s discuss some easy ways to lower energy consumption at the home and office.
Reduce Carbon Footprint at Home
All household appliances are required by law to present labels that accurately reflect their energy efficiency. This allows consumers to make an informed decision regarding long term energy savings and value for money.
Appliances in South Africa are ranked on an energy efficiency scale of A to G, with A being the most efficient and G the least. Many appliances also contain ratings by Energy Star, a US-based organisation that tests energy efficiency.
Besides their unique shapes, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) use 75% less power than traditional incandescent lights. While more expensive, LED bulbs are even more efficient and last 130 times longer than CFLs.
Insulation, caulking and weatherstripping work hand-in-hand and play an important part in reducing energy use and improving home comfort.
Energy Efficient Showerheads and Toilets
Low-flow showerheads are affordable and can cut your hot water consumption by 25-60%. Installing smart-flushing or duel-flushing systems on your toilet will also help lower your water and electricity bill.
Reduce Carbon Footprint at your Office
Computer Power Management
Enabling your computer’s power management options will allow your computer and monitor to shut down when not in use.
In an attempt to avoid printing, consider saving files to a flash drive or emailing them (even to yourself) for easy access.
If printing can’t be avoided, consider double-sided printing in order to save paper.
Forming carpool groups with work colleagues or making use of public transport options is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. If possible, consider cycling to work.
If your profession allows it, consider working from home whenever possible.
Be Waste Wise
Recycling doesn’t have to feel like a chore when it’s made easy. Keep paper recycling bins in convenient locations around the office, like next to the copier.
Be sure to have clearly labelled bins in central locations around the office in order to make recycling easy.
Go Solar With Soventix
Now that your energy consumption has been addressed and your carbon footprint improved, it’s time to step up your game and make your solar power solution a reality.
As a solar EPC company, Soventix will manage your installation from start to finish – and beyond.
Contact us today for more information.
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