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Reducing your carbon footprint

There are a number of ways you can reduce you carbon footprint, including reducing waste and improving efficiency.

Waste

Methane, which is produced by decomposing rubbish, is a significant greenhouse gas. If you reduce, reuse and recycle your volume of domestic waste this will also have a significant impact on climate change. Please visit our Recycling pages for tips on how to achieve this.

Household energy

There are lots of ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your home. Each measure you take will reduce your carbon footprint and save you money.

Travel

Transport is one of the other large contributors to green house gas emissions. Think about whether a journey is really necessary or whether you could car share your journey to work. Avoid flights with a stop over and short breaks, as taking off and landing uses the most fuel.

Offsetting

Planting trees offsets the carbon you produce because as the trees grow they absorb this carbon from the atmosphere. Other offsetting projects include supporting renewable technologies.

Many companies offer a service where you pay them to plant enough trees to remove the CO2 you are responsible for. This ranges from planting a whole wood to offset a years worth of CO2, to making one trip, holiday or even a wedding carbon neutral. You can also pay a little extra on your flights and the airlines will plant enough trees to offset your flight.

Of course there is nothing to stop you planting extra plants and trees yourself!

Renewable energy

Energy from renewable sources such as the wind and sun doesn’t generate any carbon. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint by using renewable energy you can buy your electricity from a green tariff or install your own renewable technology.

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Energy Officer
Civic Offices
Civic Way
Swadlincote
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595974
Online: contact form
email: energy@south-derbys.gov.uk

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