4 Easy Carbon Footprint Reduction Initiatives to Do at Home
September 14, 2022 at 6:00 PM

As the climate crisis looms above the world’s head, organizations like the UN are confident we can work together to do something about it.

And that is exactly what Becher Plastics is all about. Our company has developed ultra-high-quality, recycled plastic resins for the state of Wisconsin. We know that mitigating climate change is a one-step-at-a-time sort of process. And for all of us, those steps start right at home.

Are you interested in helping out in the battle against climate change? Use our guide to 4 easy carbon footprint reduction initiatives to do your part.

1. Computers OFF, Monitors OFF, Laptops UNPLUGGED

We’ve all heard of the idea of keeping lights off in rooms we're not using. As energy-efficient bulbs have become more readily available, that need has decreased to some degree.

But the same can’t really be said for computers.

You can easily consume several kilowatt hours of electricity on your computers – even when they are in power-saving mode.

Your best bet is to keep your computers, monitors, and related equipment fully shut off when not in use. Similarly, don’t keep your laptops or tablets plugged in indefinitely when not in use. This will help to reduce a significant amount of power consumption in your home.

2. Stay Aware of Water Usage

In principle, we all want to avoid wasting water. The problem is that many people don't even realize that they're wasting potential water in their everyday lives.

Here are a few tips to do better:

Water Off While Brushing Teeth

While this conservation tip isn’t new, it’s worth mentioning again. Leave your sink off while brushing your teeth. It can save hundreds of gallons of fresh water a year.

Reduce Flushing

Toilet flushing can take anywhere from 1 to 7+ gallons of water to refill. Don’t waste flushes with unnecessary items down the toilet.

Monitor Your Showers

The shorter the shower, the better for conservation. Of course, we all know this doesn't always work out in the real world.

Try to opt for a 10-minute-or-less shower. You can play a few songs to help you keep track of your time spent showering.

Additionally, you can use eco-friendly shower heads to reduce the amount of water used per shower. This can also help reduce the overall water consumption made while in the shower.

3. Install Energy-Efficient Stuff at Home

Energy efficiency isn’t just using solar panels as opposed to normal power options. Several common things within your home can serve as carbon footprint reduction initiatives if you install energy-efficient versions.

  • Windows: Energy-efficient windows are the heartbeat of your carbon footprint reduction initiatives. Install windows certified as energy efficient to save money on your heating bills while improving your overall energy usage.
  • Doors: Even your doors could be leaking energy out of your home! Be sure to install doors that work like windows in terms of energy savings.
  • HVAC: An energy-certified heating and air conditioning system can use far less energy than an older, inefficient model.

All in This Together

At the end of the day, the team at Becher Plastics knows that our world is a shared responsibility. We all need to do what we can to reduce our reliance on traditional energy.

Our mission has remained at the forefront of this fight: we provide ultra-high-quality recycled plastic resins for multiple uses here in Wisconsin. If we all do a little bit more, we can all keep this world moving toward a more sustainable future.

To learn more about Becher Plastics and get more tips on carbon footprint reduction initiatives, contact us today.