Benefits of reducing your carbon footprint

The term "carbon footprint" has been around for years, but what does it mean? In a nutshell, it’s to do with the amount of carbon dioxide you generate as an individual.

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There are a couple of ways you can participate in reducing your carbon footprint - from making small adjustments to your lifestyle, to choosing to offset emissions associated with your electricity.

Looking after the environment and being considerate about your lifestyle choices seems like a no-brainer – but there are some great benefits to reducing your carbon footprint, too!

1. You’re doing your bit to look after the environment

This is an obvious benefit! Climate change and protection of our environment are global and important issues for us all, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to play our own part to reduce the impact of how we live on the environment.

It’s a reward that we can all enjoy, to know that we’re doing the right thing to look after the environment and to make things better for the future. Every little thing we do to make a small difference towards helping the environment adds up to a big change for us all.

2. It has the potential to save you money

Everyday things like driving a car, having a shower, or turning a light on all contribute to your carbon footprint – but cutting down on these everyday actions can also help you save money.

Reducing the cost of your energy bill is an obvious benefit to reducing your energy usage, but there are other easy cost-saving changes you can make that have a positive impact on the environment.

Think about how many times you just pop to the shop in the car? According to GreenFleet ‘For every litre of unleaded petrol your car releases around 1.7 kg of greenhouse gas while one litre of diesel releases around 2.9kg’. Petrol is often one of the most expensive regular costs for a household so for every dollar per litre you’re saving by not filling up as often, you’re also reducing your emissions.

Instead of automatically jumping in the car, can ‘going up the road’ be something which can be done on foot or a bike?

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3. You can contribute to projects that have positive impacts

There are lots of ways to support projects that do good for the world. Of course, you can make donations to charitable organisations that are working on climate-related projects or invest through crowd-funding websites into projects or start-ups that are working to make an impact on minimising climate change.

But there are easy ways to support other projects that make a positive impact on the world, like knowing that when emissions associated with your electricity, the funds can go towards supporting incredible projects like the Westmere Native Rainforest Regeneration Project and the Kenya Burn Stove Project. For $1 per week, you’re contributing to projects that are really making a difference in the world.

4. Supporting local enterprises is great for your community

Buying local ensures your food and produce hasn’t travelled a long distance on a truck or plane, both of which contribute to an increased carbon footprint. So, when you’re at the shops, it’s worth thinking about trying to buy mostly locally produced products.

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The great thing about buying products that have been made or grown locally is that you’re supporting Aussie farmers, business owners, and workers.

In addition to the benefit of reducing your carbon footprint by buying local, you’ll also know your seasonal fruit and veg are fresh.

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Want to learn more about carbon offsetting?

Carbon Neutral is helping Aussie households reduce their carbon footprint by offsetting emissions associated with the electricity to their home for $1 per week.

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