When it comes to the average household CO2 emissions per year, the world’s poorest are contributing less than 1 per cent. Yet, they are the most vulnerable to the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.
Australia as one of the more wealthier countries sees households contributing to global carbon emissions and producing an average per capita carbon footprint of 17 tonnes.
Calculating carbon emissions in Mosman
Mosman Council is making it easy for residents to determine the average CO2 emissions per person in their households with this carbon footprint calculator.
There are several lifestyle changes Mosmanites can make to help reduce their carbon footprint.
- Walk, bike, or take public transportation to reduce carbon emissions. Mosmanites are known for their love of fitness, so choosing alternative ways to get around should be favoured.
- Eat local and organic whenever possible and seek in-season produce to reduce the carbon emissions that result from shipping food.
- Eating less meat is one of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from agribusiness present more of an issue than fossil fuels.
- Line dry your clothing. It may seem an outdated method, but it is one of the best ways to reduce CO2 emissions. Electric dryers are one of the top energy-consuming appliances. One dryer load uses five times the energy of one washed load.
- Plant a garden to help absorb carbon dioxide. Whether you live in an apartment or a single-family home, there is always room for a garden.
Stop the vampires from sucking your power
We all have them – vampire appliances that suck household energy levels. Some of the worst vampire offenders include digital cable/satellite DVRs, computers, printers, central heating furnaces, routers and modems, gaming consoles, televisions, microwaves, and mobile devices and their charging stations/cords.
There are several ways to stop the vampires from sucking your power supply, and it’s a great way to help play your part in reducing CO2 emissions.
1. Unplug electronic devices when not in use
TVs, computers, printers, gaming consoles, and chargers for mobile devices all use energy when plugged in, even if they are not actively working at the time. One of the best ways to make it easy to remember to unplug when not in use is to use a power strip to group devices. The power strip easily can be turned on and off as needed without the hassle of accessing individual power cords.
2. Choose low standby
The average Australian household is expected to have 20 connected devices by 2023. Products that are listed as having low standby usage should be purchased when possible. While the annual cost per household may be relatively small, when combined with others in your community, it can amount to the emission of tonnes of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
3. Buy Energy Star products
Energy Star appliances are designed to use less standby power, making them a more energy-efficient choice for Mosman households. The more stars an appliance has, the better its energy efficiency.
The team at De Brennan understands the importance of working together to reduce our carbon footprint in Mosman. We try our best to reduce our levels of CO2 emissions by following the tips above and encourage all members of the community to do likewise.
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