Did you know that September 21 is Zero Emissions Day (and that September 22 is World Car-free Day)? These two days are a great opportunity to reduce or eliminate your carbon footprint. As of 2020, 27 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions came from transportation; 25 percent were from electricity production, and 13 percent were from residential and commercial energy use. Here’s how you can reduce your footprint on these days and beyond—all while saving on fuel and energy costs.
Best Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Emissions
In a perfect world, everyone would be able to walk, bike, or take electric vehicles anywhere they needed to go. However, on days that you must drive or ride in a gas-powered car, you can still decrease one of the planet’s largest sources of harmful emissions by improving your fuel economy. Some simple ways to do this include:
- Avoid idling your car. If your vehicle is stopped for more than 10 seconds, it’s best to turn off your engine.
- Reduce the amount of weight in your car. Avoid carrying around heavy items in your vehicle if you don’t need to and try to pack light on trips. Avoid strapping anything to the roof of your car that creates drag and reduces fuel efficiency.
- Keep up with car maintenance. Making sure that your car is routinely inspected and tuned up can eliminate hidden causes of wasted fuel.
- Choose efficient vehicles. If you’re not ready to buy electric yet, try a hybrid vehicle. Failing that, choose the smallest, most fuel-efficient, and most aerodynamic vehicle you can for your geographic location and lifestyle.
Household Carbon Emissions
More than half of U.S. electricity is created using fossil fuels like coal, which is why electricity currently accounts for so much of the planet’s emissions. You can reduce your home’s emissions if you do the following:
- Get an energy audit
- Choose clean electricity sources whenever your utility company gives you the option
- Invest in solar panels
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances
- Eliminate home energy-wasting habits
- Reduce food and clothing waste
- Reuse or repurpose items when possible to keep them out of landfills
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Making your home more efficient can save you cash now and all year long. Our financing can help you quickly turn your house into a comfortable and energy-efficient home by paying for virtually any energy upgrade you need. Check out our list of eligible improvements and get professional help from one of our authorized Michigan contractors in your area. Sign up for energy savings with us today!