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Change your energy supplier to 100% renewable

Switching your supplier to one that provides 100% renewable energy can save around 1500 kg/CO2 – that’s roughly the weight of a walrus!

Source: Bulb

Add solid wall insulation to your home

Adding insulation to a mid-floor flat can save around 440 kg of carbon emissions per year. An insulated mid-terrace house can save up to 560 kg/year, and a bungalow or a semi-detached house can save between 600 and 890 kg/year. Insulating a detached house can save an incredible 1490 kg of carbon emissions per year.

Source: Energy Savings Trust

Travel

Change from a petrol car to an electric or hybrid car

Want to cut your carbon footprint by tens of thousands? Choosing the right type of car can do that for you.

Cars travel on average 11,909 km/year (2020) in the UK. And if they are running on diesel or petrol, they’ll emit between an average of 20,365 kg and 22,865 kg each year.

Whilst switching to a hybrid electric vehicle can cut emissions to 14,291 kg per year, a fully electric car can take you down to an incredible 6,312 kg of CO2 per year! That’s ovver72% less CO2 per year than a petrol car.

Sources: Our World in Data, BBC, Nimble Fins

Take a return train from London to Nice instead of a flight on your family holiday

Flying is one of the most damaging ways to travel. A single flight from London to Berlin emits 600 kg of CO2, three times the same amount of emissions saved over three years of recycling.

And flying doesn’t only emit CO2 into the atmosphere. Harmful toxic gases, including soot and nitrous oxides, are also released into the air.

Choosing destinations you can reach by train is a great way to reduce CO2 emissions. A family of 2.4 taking a return train from London to Nice emits 31 kg of CO2, compared to flying which releases 780 kg of CO2.

Source: Our World in Data, Air Miles Calculator

Cycle for 100 miles instead of driving a petrol car

Cycling is a great way to cut down on carbon emissions when possible. The CO2 emissions from production, and the food used to power them, are a fraction of the amount produced by motor vehicles. A conventional bike will only emit 21 g of CO2 per Km travelled, while an electric bike cuts that down to 14.8 g of CO2 per km travelled.

Source: Bike Radar

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Change your petrol mower to electric

An hour’s mowing with a petrol mower produces a significant amount of emissions. About 11 times the emissions produced driving the average new petrol car for the same amount of time. And we’re not just talking about those tractor style ride-on mowers, either.

Whether you ride on it or walk behind it, if it’s powered by petrol your mower will consume roughly 88 kg/CO2 per year compared with just 14.4 kg/CO2 for the electric equivalent.

Source:  emsmastery, palebluedot

Plant a tree to capture carbon

Offsetting carbon can start in the garden just by planting a tree. Of course, the space you have and the type of tree you choose will be things to consider, but on average it will absorb anywhere between 10 and 40kg of CO2 per year with an average of 25 kg/CO2.

Source: ecotree

Dig a pond

A ponds’ burial rates for organic carbon are often much higher than the rates to surrounding habitats such as woodland or grassland. The average size of most ponds is 10′ x 15′ (roughly 150 square feet) with the deepest point being 24″. So on average, that’s 21 kg/CO2 saved per year.

Source: Northumbria Uni, Premier Pond