In the wake of COP26, everyone is searching for how they can play a part in combatting climate change. Here are 10 small changes you can make to your everyday life that can help build towards a more sustainable future.
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GIVE UP YOUR CAR
Cars remain the biggest single source of CO2 emissions and giving up four wheels can reduce your output by a staggering 2.04 tons per person a year.
Switching to an electric car can also reduce your CO2 count, by 1.95 tons.
CUT AIR TRAVEL
It’s been estimated a single longhaul flight can produce more CO2 emissions than the average person creates in a year. Cancelling one journey saves you 1.68 tons of CO2.
TAKE THE BUS
Increased use of public transport can save the average person 0.98 tons of CO2 emissions over the course of a single year.
SWITCH ENERGY PROVIDER
Switching your energy supplier to one that offers greener “matching” or carbon offsetting deals can save you 1.6 tons of CO2 per year.
INSULATE YOUR HOME
Upgrading your home to include wall cavity and loft insulation can save the average person 0.89 tons of CO2 per year in lost fuel.
PUMP IN THE HEAT
Heat pumps have been described as the most energy-efficient heating option on the market, creating up to four kilowatts of heat for every one kilowatt of electricity, saving the user 0.79 tons of CO2 per year.
Increasingly fashionable renewable options such as wood stoves and underfloor solar heating can reduce CO2 by 0.64 tons every year.
Going meat-free may be a controversial choice, but going vegan is estimated to save you 0.8 tons a year in CO2.
Greener cooking appliances such as convection ovens and microwaves can also reduce CO2 output from the kitchen, by 0.65 tons per chef per year.
This article was originally sourced from The University of Leeds.