Arctic Tale - How To Decrease Your Carbon Footprint
Compiled by Jack Foley
TO MARK the release of Arctic Tale on DVD from September 8, the makers of the film have offered some tips on how we all can help to reduce our carbon footprint.
Check below for 10 quick and easy steps to help our global environment…
1. Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
It sounds simple but an estimated 63% of homeowners forget to turn lights off. You can also help by fitting energy efficient bulbs, which cost 75% less to run than regular bulbs.
2. Buy food locally at a market.
Buying local produce cuts out the vast amounts of energy used to get the products into shops. The average Sunday dinner ingredients can travel over 24,000 miles to reach you.
3. Turn off your electronics.
If you forget to turn off your TV and other electrical devices when you’re not using them you’re still using valuable energy. Don’t leave them on standby!
4. Use the microwave more.
Did you know that using a microwave is more energy efficient than using an oven? Plus, if you microwave vegetables rather than boil them, it preserves their colour and nutrients better.
5. Choose showers over baths.
Taking a bath uses over 55 litres more water than a shower.
6. Turn your heating down.
If you nudge your central heating thermostat down just 1˚C, you could save up to 10% on your fuel bill.
7. Keep your car windows closed.
If you open your windows on warm days, this reduces your car’s aerodynamics and fuel efficiency increasing the emissions generated by your journey. Also, try to avoid air-conditioning, which affects fuel consumption.
8. Wash and dry your clothes more sensibly.You can save up to 30% of your energy usage by washing clothes at 30˚C. Plus, always dry naturally and avoid using tumble dryers and radiators.
9. Choose tap water over bottled.
It is estimated that a litre bottle of water generates up to 600 times more CO2 than a litre of tap water. Not only will using tap water save energy, it will also save money.
10. Keep out the cold.
Remember to close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping and draughts coming in.