Researchers are now predicting a 2.4 °C global temperature rise by the end of the century even if countries meet their 2030 emission goals. This means greater emission cuts are needed than those recently pledged in the COP26 summit in order to prevent catastrophic changes to the planet.
While sound policy is important in driving change, we shouldn’t rely solely on it. The typical US household has a carbon footprint of about 48 metric tons of CO2e/yr, which is the result of what you eat, how you travel, the energies you consume, and the products you use. A few behavioral changes on your end can help combat climate change in a very significant way.
10 Simple Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
We compiled a list of easy-to-execute actions that can reduce up to 30% of your annual carbon footprint and often save you a lot of money.
Actionable Steps You Can Take
- Avoid using paper
- Unplug devices when you are not using them
- Stop charging batteries at 100%
- Eat organic and local
- Bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store
- Squeeze out the last bit of toothpaste
- Use energy-efficient appliances
- Don’t stay up late
- Wear second-hand clothes
- Recycle, reuse, and repurpose when possible
While admittedly some are harder than others to implement, we’ve narrowed the list down further to a couple of the lowest hanging fruits.
Simple Suggestions For Reducing Carbon Footprint
Our first recommendation is to avoid using paper. In terms of carbon emission, paper is what we call the triple whammy.
Firstly, paper production is one of the most carbon intensive processes. For every pound of paper produced, 2.4 pounds of CO2 would be emitted. Secondly, what people often ignore is that paper is produced from trees, which absorb 48 pounds of CO2 per tree per year. So for every tree that’s cut, an extra 48 pounds of CO2 stays in the atmosphere per year. Finally, when paper goes to the landfill it decomposes and releases methane (CH4), which is 28 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat and warming the globe.
To clarify, we are not asking you to stop using toilet paper.
Instead, we hope you take action to stop those unwanted magazines, catalogs, bills, and infomercials you receive in the mailbox. The next company that sends paper mail, please call them to stop it.
Another impactful measure is to unplug electronics when they are not in use. Common devices such as laptops, cell phones, coffee pots, and televisions still consume electricity in standby, even after you’ve turned them off. This is known as the phantom load problem, which contributes to 5% of your carbon emissions and 10% of your electricity bill every year.
To be fair, asking you to unplug these devices around your home can be a hassle.
Instead, our pro-tip is to use the TEAK Smart Power Cube. Simply plug all your devices into this power extender and let the artificial intelligence (AI) help you unplug them.
The Newest Carbon Footprint Cutter
One of the newest developments in energy and carbon-saving technologies is the TEAK Smart Power Cube from ReVert Technologies.
This cube can power off all your devices fully, even when you’re not in the room. In fact, it can do the work for you when you’re not even home!
The TEAK Smart Power Cube includes six different outlets. You can take the cube apart and plug the outlets in throughout your home, or you can keep the cube intact and use it as a power hub in one central location.
You plug your devices into the outlets, as usual. The TEAK will gather information about the hours in which you use each of your devices. Next, it will communicate your usage to your smart phone and send you notifications that specify the hours you use your device and ask you if it can completely power your device down during the hours you don’t use it.
The TEAK powers down your devices when they aren’t in use so they aren’t drawing electricity from your local power grid. Consequently, this small cube instantly saves you money each month and reduces your carbon footprint.
Additionally, the Teak Smart Power Cube is a configurable, AI-enabled smart power extender. Some of the added features include:
- AI driven energy management software
- Energy data analytics with localized electricity cost and grid data
- Hardware eliminating cord tangling
- Voice control
This new product is the best smart plug outlet for reducing your energy and carbon footprint. It is the simplest way to save money each month. Because AI drives it, it smoothly regulates energy-saving and saves you money without lifting a finger!
The Bonus Method
ReVert Tech is dedicated to eco-friendly products and approaches that minimize waste to the environment. As a bonus, here is a method ReVert designed to effortlessly squeeze out the last bit of toothpaste.
So, there you have it, 10 simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint (plus, a couple of bonuses). Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult, but it does have a huge impact on the environment!
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