The carbon footprint website explains how the carbon offset is defined by everyday actions such as heating homes, cooling rooms, driving cars, flying in aircraft, warming up water; everything we do, it all contributes to the emissions which are forced into the atmosphere. The average carbon output footprint per person in the United Kingdom alone is 10 tonnes. Unfortunately, the majority of the human population is unaware of the consequences their lifestyle has to the planet, nature, animals, and even other human beings. Practicing a sustainable lifestyle, or 'going green' as it's commonly referred to, enables a great number of positive consequences for each and every living species on earth. Some of the major pros of going green and practicing a sustainable lifestyle include:
- Saving the earth
It simply can not be any more straightforward; the collective actions of human kind have done a great deal of damage to the planet, but it is those exact same actions which could help reduce the damage done in future. According to the Waste Reduction Website, reducing the amount of waste is one way to 'go green'. Thus the smallest change like recycling household goods, avoiding littering, or saving water by taking shower showers may result in a big impact upon the environment. Dispersing paper, electronics, glass, metals, and plastics to recycle centers could help reduce the amount of waste items which end up in landfills. Bad food, egg shells, and vegetables can easily be disposed of by turning it into nutrient rich soil by using a compost bin. Fortunately, due to the rising demand of sustainable living, the majority of modern property developers have resorted to providing a range of new developments compatible with a sustainable lifestyle. Anyone who is looking to practice sustainable living has the ability to choose from a wide selection of new property developments which have been built and designed according to the Sustainable Home Code in order to provide sustainable housing in environment friendly communities.
- Saving money
There are hundreds of small changes which can be made in order to save money around the house, while simultaneously saving the planet. One of the largest impacts human kind has on the planet is the amount of water used on a daily basis. The human kind is responsible for the use of 25% of the earth's water supply, the major of which is used indoors. Practicing minor changes, such as applying a 'tank bank' into a toilet, could reduce a household's water usage by 30%, leaving more water for the planet and animals, as well as shrinking bills.
Another major aspect responsible for the majority of our carbon output is heating. Whenever central heating is turned up by one degree, not only does it increase the heating bills by 8%, it also produces enough Co2 in a year to fill up one big hot air balloon. A simple way of keeping the bills and carbon output down is by investing in better isolation, or simply wearing more layers to keep warm in a harmless way!
Another great possibility is upgrading household appliances to ones which have at least a B grade in energy efficiency of higher. Numerous households hold off upgrading their appliances as it can appear expensive pricy, unknowingly that a more energy efficient appliance will inevitably result in a deduction in carbon footprint, as well as a great expense on household bills. As the concept of sustainable living increases in popularity, more and more people are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint. Fortunately, a number of property developers have started aiming towards using energy efficient appliances only within their new property developments. Amongst this list of property developers, London's own Berkeley Group states to use only B + grade appliances within their new developments, as well as water sufficient showers and dual flush WCs.
- Improving personal health
The majority of the British population is unaware of the dangers in common household cleaning supplies. As harming as they are for the environment, they are just as harmful to human kind. Switching to 'green' cleaning supplies, and consuming organically grown food could result in both better personal health, as well as a better natural environment.
The bottom line of going green is to aim to help achieve a more sustainable world. There are a number of natural sources we unfortunately need to survive; clean air, water, land, food, but at the rate the human population is developing and consuming the world's resources at the moment; polluting the earth, destroying the earth's eco system and thus fueling global warming, soon there will be nothing left but an inhospitable world beyond repair. And of course extremely, a better planet, results in a better quality life.