7 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Impact in the Summer


Summer is here and it’s a perfect time of year to make efforts to reduce your carbon footprint. Do your part to protect the planet and consider working the following seven tips into your routine this summer.


1. Utilize energy-efficient methods to repel heat indoors

The more heat your house is exposed to, the harder your cooling system has to work to keep your home at a pleasant temperature, which requires a higher level of energy usage that ultimately leads to more greenhouse gases being emitted into the environment.

One way to combat this is to ensure that your home is properly insulated, particularly in the attic and around doors, windows, baseboards, and electrical outlets. Make sure that the insulation in your attic is evenly distributed with no low spots, and add more insulation if necessary. In addition, take a few minutes to check for spots where air could be leaking out of your home. A simple way to do this is by holding a string or feather around door frames, window frames, baseboards, and outlets and looking to see if it moves. If it does, sealing those spots with expanding foam, caulking, weather stripping, or insulation pads will do wonders for keeping cold air in your home and reducing the pressure on your cooling system.

Installing thermal blinds or shades is another way to maximize your home’s energy efficiency, as they will help to reduce heat from sunlight entering into your home, as well as keep cool air from escaping through windows.

2. Be strategic about appliance use

Not only will utilizing appliances increase your home’s internal temperature, but many of them require a significant amount of energy to do their job. To conserve energy, look for ways to avoid using appliances when possible, such as taking advantage of the sun to dry clothes outside rather than throwing them in the dryer or eating cold foods that work to cool down your body temperature and do not require use of an oven, stove, or microwave. In the event that you do need to use an appliance, try to do it at early in the morning or at night rather than during the heat of the day so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to combat the warmth it produces.

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