Small things you can do at home to cut carbon use
As we know from the data in USGBC's recent Living Standard research report, people can feel very overwhelmed by the magnitude of the climate change problem. Sometimes, we don't know where to start, or whether our individual actions can really make a difference.
However, through making small, gradual changes in our habits and choices, we can make a difference—and that helps give us the motivation to take the message to our wider community.
A recent article on the blog A Cup of Jo shares author Kelsey Miller's thoughts on "The Most Important Thing You Can Do About the Climate Crisis"—namely, anything! Miller breaks down three levels of action: individual, community and policy.
Making changes in your own home
In the article, suggestions for reducing your individual carbon footprint include
- Starting with a carbon calculator, such as Carbon Footprint or the U.S. EPA's Carbon Footprint Calculator, to get a baseline.
- Making small changes that fit your lifestyle, like adjusting your buying habits or food choices.
- Replacing your light bulbs with LEDs or exploring green energy sources such as solar panels.