It’s hard to win the title for the world’s most sustainable city when Dubai Properties construction occurs all year round. Dubai has a successful aviation sector and it’s so hot permanent air conditioning is the norm. But the UAE are trying to diminish their ever growing carbon footprint and aim to turn it around in the future. To help them along we can do our part at home.
By making small adjustments to daily habits, we can all offset our unavoidable emissions and make a difference to the environment and climate change. Here are a few ways you can start to reduce your carbon footprint at home:
Flick a Switch
Unplug or turn off your kettle, toaster, washing machine, outdoor lights and other appliances you are not using at the wall. Did you know, even if your phone charger is plugged in but not being used you are wasting electricity? As it continues to consume electricity whether your phone is charging or not.
Reduce your Electricity Usage Where you Can
We know it’s hot, but by turning off the air conditioner in rooms that are unoccupied or turning it off completely while you are out will make a significant difference (especially in a larger home). So try to remember to switch it off when you can and only have it on in rooms you are using.
Let Nature do its Thing
Instead of using a tumble drier, hang your washing out to dry on a washing line (you’ll have to leave it out a little longer in winter, but it shouldn’t be a problem in summer!) and open your curtains during the day to let some light into the house instead of switching on a lamp.
Change your Light Bulbs
This is an easy step that will not only help save the planet, but save you money too! Change your current lightbulbs to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs, they not only last longer but use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, going easy on your wallet when you get your electricity bill.
Recycle and Reuse
Start by recycling any tin, plastic, glass and paper items that you would normally throw into your normal trash can, this will save it from going to landfill. Then start thinking about other ways you could recycle. For example, buy reusable bags to pack your groceries into instead of using plastic bags.
Save and use Cold Water
It might be unpleasant at first, but using cold water to wash your laundry and dishes will eliminate wasting energy on heating it up. To save water, wash your car less often, buy plants that are appropriate to the climate, buy a water-efficient shower head and use your dishwasher twice a week instead of every night.
Invest in Solar Panels
Solar panels can be added to the roof of your home. This will cost quite a bit of money so it’s not an options for everyone, but there are companies that offer financing options which minimises the upfront costs.
By following a few or all of the seven simple steps above, you will not only start to see a difference in how much money you spend on your bills every month but flicking off unused switches and recycling will become second nature and a part of your daily routine.
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