Know Your Body and Your Food
Diet is very personal. It is likely you have foods you love, foods you dislike, and foods you are allergic to that can be very different from others. That being said, the following tips for a low-carbon diet that can apply to anyone:
1. Eat Locally Grown In-season Foods: Anti-season foods usually are more expensive, furthermore, they require more energy to grown in the greenhouses in the winter. Try to support local farms and make dishes with local-grown foods will help reduce a lot of carbon footprint.
2. Compost at Home: Composting properly will allow organic waste to break down aerobically, preventing methane emissions, and will result in excellent fertilizer. You can use the fertilizer for your garden, your plants or donate to the community gardens in your neighborhood.
3. Eat Proper Proportions: According to the USDA the average American consumes 2,299 calories per day (USDA, 2014). If someone was to eat 25% more than this, but distributed the same way, their annual carbon footprint would be 0.65 metric tons larger.
Turn Waste into Value
Remember to Recycle: bottles, plastics, cardboards and aluminum are common packaging materials and you can sort them out easily. It can have a tremendous impact on the environment and climate: every short ton of aluminum recycled saves over nine metric tons of CO2e from reaching the atmosphere. In some places, you can even get money return with bottle recycling.
Save the Energy with Different Means
Home energy is a big contributor of your household’s carbon emissions. Particularly, cold winters and hot summers are more and more frequent in some regions, therefore you may want to keep an eye on your utility bill. Some small refinements can help you save the money as well as reduce your household’s carbon emissions.
1. Heating and Cooling: Close your drapes/curtains on the sunny side of your house in summer and the non-sunny sides and at night in the winter; Apply window shrink wrap during the winter to reduce heat loss through your windows; Install an EnergyStar air conditioner and furnace; Plant deciduous trees or buy some leafy-plants on the sunny side of your home and evergreens on the windy north/northeastern side(s) of your home.
2. Lighting: Replace Incandescent Bulbs with CFLs or LEDs; Turn off lights when not in use.
3. Electronics: Unplug unused Electronics; Hang Dry Clothes; Use Cold Water to Wash Clothes.