Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

If you need help to reduce your carbon footprint then please get in touch. We can, however, offer some general and free advice.

Businesses – most of the businesses that we work with are already more environmentally friendly than they think. It is sometimes just a case of documenting things and establishing a more coherent environment policy.

Reducing your carbon footprint means that you will be using less energy – which generally also means cost savings! By working with Trees4Scotland your business may also benefit from our system that allows you to enhance and promote your green credentials – which is good for business.

Individuals – there are lots things that you can do immediately to reduce your carbon footprint:

  • Turn it off when not in use (lights, television, DVD player, Hi Fi, computer etc. etc. …)
  • Turn down the central heating slightly (try just 1 to 2 degrees C). Just 1 degree will help reduce your heating bill by about 8%. Plus set the timer to maximize efficiency.
  • Turn down the water heating setting (just 2 degrees will make a significant saving)
  • Fill your dish washer and washing machine with a full load – this will save you water, electricity, and washing powder
  • Reduce water usage by not overfilling your kettle and by putting a brick into your toilet cisterns.
  • Do your weekly shopping in a single trip
  • Hang out the washing to dry rather than tumble drying it

Whether you are a business or an individual there are lots of other simple and cost saving measures that for little or no investment can help make an impact:

  • Fit energy saving light bulbs
  • Insulate hot water tanks, walls and lofts
  • Install cavity wall insulation
  • Replace old boilers and heating systems with more modern energy efficient systems
  • Install solar panels or other renewable technologies
  • Car share to work, or for the kids school run
  • Use more public transport in your everyday life
  • For short journeys either walk or cycle (there is an excellent cycle to work scheme)
  • Reduce unnecessary flights
  • Use more energy efficient vehicles (there are now lots of good hybrid and biodiesel vehicles available)
  • When staying in a hotel – turn the lights and air-conditioning off when you leave your hotel room, and ask for your room towels to be washed every other day, rather than every day

While we should all be working to reduce our carbon emissions it is almost impossible to become “carbon neutral” without offsetting some of your carbon emissions by contributing to projects such as Trees4Scotland’s native woodlands.

The per capita footprint in the UK according to the World Resources Institute is 9.2 tonnes of CO2 – to offset this you would need to plant 13 trees.

Go to the next step to see how you can offset your carbon emissions…