When we think of things that pollute or harm the environment, what usually comes to mind are things like factories and cars. But did you know that your own home can be a cause for pollution?
The power that we use at home has to come from somewhere, and if you’re getting your power from a power plant, every unit of electricity you are using contributes to pollution and an increase in CO2 levels.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t use electricity at all! It’s a part of modern life. Indeed, there are ways we can use less electricity and get our electricity from more sustainable sources to help reduce our carbon footprint.
As far as reducing electricity is concerned, simple changes like making better use of existing power consumption – such as by improving insulation to make air conditioning and heating more effective – can have drastic results.
For alternative sources of power, solar panels are becoming cheaper and cheaper and many homes are able to get almost all of their power from solar alone.
The infographic below from Portable Energy Gurus lists 17 ways you can save energy and reduce both your power bill and carbon footprint.