Fall is officially here, which means cooler weather is coming. We focus so much on trying to live better for the environment, so let us try to find some ways to reduce our carbon footprint as we head into this new season. Our climate is drastically changing and we need to do something about it. So step by step and season after season, we can find ways to reduce the effects of climate change. Fall is a great time to take a step back and look at what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are 6 tips to think about going into this new season.
Eat Seasonally and locally
If you are not already you should consider eating locally. Not only does this reduce your carbon footprint by shopping locally, but you also get to support local farmers. Eating produce that was picked the same day or the day before tastes so much fresher than produce that’s been shipped across the country to get to your local grocery store.
Each season is different, so be sure check what foods are in season near you. Another good thing about farmers markets is you get to bring your own reusable produce and shopping bags with you to reduce your plastic waste!
Turn down your water heater and conserve your water
Many water heaters are installed at a standard setting which can waste energy by heating your water to a very hot temperature that is not to your liking. If you turn your heater down some you can save on energy and also not waste water trying to get it set somewhere between very hot and just right. Saving water is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint in many ways. A few ways to help you save water not just this fall, but all year is brushing your teeth with the water off, taking shorter showers and even purchasing products that don’t require so much water to make in the first place.
Don’t bake on hot days
Many of us like to bake, but baking when its hot or even warm outside uses up a lot of energy. If you can, try baking in the evening when the temps have dropped or saving it for a cooler day. If you bake on a cooler day or even in the evening, the oven will be sure to bump the temperature up in your home a few degrees.
Check your tire pressure
This may seem like a silly thing to do, but have you ever realized when the temperature outside gets really cold your tire pressure light comes on? When the temperature drops, that’s when the tire pressure lowers, so be sure it gets checked and is at the right levels before it gets too cold outside this winter. By keeping your tire pressure at the right pressure you can improve your fuel efficiency as well.
Keep the heat low
As soon as cool air comes in, many want to run straight to the thermostat and crank up the heat. It is best to still keep the heat fairly low during the fall because winter will be cooler and you can save the warm temps for then. If you bundle up instead, It can save you energy and heating costs.
Do you have any additional tips to reduce your carbon footprint during the fall?