Reduce your Footprint...
More and more people are choosing to minimise their carbon footprint by...
- Reducing unnecessary waste
- Reusing everyday items
- Recycling at home and at work
...Offset the rest...
Despite our best intentions, we can’t avoid having some impact. Offsetting is a good way of addressing our remaining carbon footprint, from everyday activities such as journeys or deliveries for online shopping.
...and make a difference together
Everyday Offset invests in carbon reduction projects around the world that are monitored to exacting standards to ensure quality. Collectively, your Everyday Offsets make a significant contribution to funding these projects.
There is a huge body of evidence to suggest that the global climate is warming as a direct result of mans actions - specifically the growing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. Recently the United Nations' climate panel (the IPCC) announced that they are 95% certain that humans have been the dominant case of global warming since the 1950s. The impact of warmer temperatures will be catastrophic to the global population, with an increased incidence of extreme weather events and a reduced ability to produce food.
It is not the objective of Everyday Offset to detail the evidence or to persuade people one way or the other. We do however want to provide a simple way for people to make a personal choice about their response to global warming.
Carbon offsetting is like recycling. Just as recycling saves energy and reduces waste, offsetting is a way to reduce the impact of our daily life by funding “matched” reductions elsewhere. This does not excuse wastefulness or mean that we can act irresponsibly with the earth’s resources as long as we offset! Carbon offsetting is a way of taking a responsible attitude to address as much of our carbon footprint as we can.
Our message is therefore...
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ... and for the rest OFFSET!See our carbon calculator to better understand your carbon footprint
In a recent survey of UK residents, 64% of people said they were concerned about their carbon footprint and were doing something about reducing it.
What are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint? Let us know – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is so simple and obvious, but how many times have you left lights on in your house or place of work? Although you may be “well behaved”, young children are often forgetful and they don’t pay the electricity bill!
Lighting constitutes about 11% of household energy bills and getting into the habit of “switching off” will save you money as well as reducing needless energy loss. And don't think buying low energy light bulbs gets you off the hook – they are much more energy efficient but the most energy-saving bulb of all is one that's turned off.
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How to minimise our impact on the environment
Experts suggest we should follow three simple steps to minimise our impact on the environment and reduce our carbon footprint:
1. Reduce (the materials and energy that we use)
2. Reuse (anything that we can)
3. Recycle (anything that we cannot reuse)
Before we consider spending money on offsetting our carbon we should consider the wide range of simple activities we can do in the home to reduce our carbon footprint. Not only does this have a positive impact on the environment, it can be an easy way to save money on household bills.
UK’s housing stock is made up of a variety of building styles: from high rise modern apartments to old country cottages. Although our homes are in general well suited to our climate, advances in technology allow significant improvements in energy efficiency regardless of what type of accommodation we live in.
One of the best ways for us to conserve energy is insulation. The most common forms are cavity wall insulation and loft insulation. Additionally there are cladding materials that are very effective for single walled buildings, such as flats. Over the last few years there have been a number of government-funded schemes that have subsidised or offered insulation for free. ECO and Green Deal are the current schemes available to UK householders. A good overview of these schemes and advice on energy efficiency is available through the Energy Saving Trust
In addition to insulation, running energy efficient appliances in your home will have a positive impact. An increasing number of white goods (e.g. fridges, freezers) and brown goods (e.g. TVs) have mandated labelling detailing their energy efficiency rating. For a detailed explanation of labels see this PDF
Whilst being “off the grid” is unrealistic for most of us, supplementing our energy supply with a renewable energy source may be more economically worthwhile than you think. If you install energy generating technology in your home, such as solar panels on your roof or a wind turbine, you may be eligible for a “Feed in Tariff” (FIT) from your energy provider. This is a government backed scheme whereby you can get paid for energy you generate, even if you use it yourself.
For an overview of FITs see the Energy Saving Trust website
Water is the cheapest resource we use in the home and it is plentiful in the UK compared with many areas around the world. We therefore often use it carelessly, not considering the cost and environmental impact of water treatment and water heating. Fortunately, water saving appliances are becoming more common and are often available free of charge from your water supplier. These could include simple products that save water in the home, such as tap or shower aerators, or products that save water in the garden. Check out the website of your own water company to see if there are free water saving devices available to you.