Cut Down on Carbon Emissions with These Family Tips

 

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People everywhere are trying to be more eco-friendly to help support the planet. While it's important for businesses and governments to make commitments, individuals are also capable of making a difference by changing some of the things in their lives. Reducing your carbon footprint can help you to be kinder to the planet, and it can be a good way to live sustainably and even save money. You might think it's hard to do when you have a family, but there are lots of things that the whole family can do to be more eco-friendly. Here are some of the steps that you might take.


Start Tackling Waste


A family can produce a lot of waste. From nappies to food waste, the more people in the house, the more waste you can produce. Fortunately, cutting down on waste is easier than you might think. You can use various tactics to do it, starting by replacing single-use items with reusable items. By reusing things, you can reduce your waste by a huge amount. Another tip is to make sure you're recycling as much as possible. Know your local council's recycling rules so you're aware of what you can and can't recycle.


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Repair and Reuse


Most people knew how to fix things not too long ago. It was important to be able to darn your socks or reuse a dress that was no longer wearable. But now we just buy things to replace anything that's broken or isn't useful anymore. While it's a convenient way to live, it can also be very wasteful. Instead of buying new things all the time, learning how to repair items can help you to save money and also reduce the amount of waste you produce. Of course, if you invest in higher quality items, you'll find that you need to do fewer repairs.


Switch to a Hybrid or Electric Car


Some families get by without a car, but many find that it's much more convenient to have one. However, there are ways to own a car and still keep your carbon footprint low. One option is to switch to a hybrid or electric car, which can be more economical than a standard petrol or diesel car. The new Volvo range has a choice of electric plug-in hybrid options that are also great for families. If you need a new car or you're coming to the end of a lease, it could be worth considering one with lower carbon emissions.


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Save Energy at Home


Saving energy at home is also a great way to reduce your family's carbon emissions. Everyone can get involved in preventing energy waste. Start with small things such as switching light bulbs to LEDs. You can encourage everyone to turn off lights when they leave a room and put a jumper on if they're feeling chilly to save energy in different ways. Yes, I know, I sound like my Dad... but guess what, parents really do know best!


If you have a family, it shouldn't stop you from being eco-friendly and helping to support the planet. Everyone can get involved in being greener.


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