Low carbon life, is not only for the health of us, but also for the health of our world. As a tribe group of “low-carbon”, how could you miss all this?
Low carbon trip, try public transport but not private cars.
What is the best way of going out? The answer is no longer “By car”. In fact choose not to drive your own car once a month will help you decrease a 9.8 kilograms carbon emission per year. If you travel, try to avoid driving a car. The public transport such as bus, subway or even ride a bicycle would be a good choice.
When you are shopping, try not to buy the over-packaged produces. The carbon emission of the paper that used to package is a large number. The production of 1 kilogram paper contains 3.5 kilograms carbon emission, and it is disposable.
Disposable things might be clean and healthy, but actually they are not as good as you think. They are not only unclean and unsanitary, but also a waste of energy. The Oil that we use to produce them is also disposable. Stop using the disposable things such as disposable paper cups, disposable tooth brushes and disposable bags.
If you leave your computer unused for a short time, but don’t want to turn it off. The “sleep” button on the key board can do you a favor. Turn your computer into the sleep mode can save 50% energy.
Replace the incandescent lamps in your house with the energy saving lamps. The energy consumption of the incandescent lamps is 20 times as the energy consumption of the energy saving lamps
A youthful online group is leading the way to have an eco-friendly lifestyle, which is called the “Low Carbon Tribe”.
Members in this tribe range in age from 20 to 40, and they intend to have a try on reducing carbon dioxide emissions in a relaxed and fashionable way.
They have claimed that helping save the planet is part of their daily routine by citing the way they dress what they eat and how they travel.
Supermodel Jiang Peilin said she has been wearing cotton for a long time, because it is healthy and eco-friendly. She never drinks bottled water, because plastic harms the environment.
Li Huiying, a 27-year-old office worker in Beijing, takes the subway to work every day, even though she bought a car in 2006. She seldom uses her air-conditioner at home and in the office turns it down a couple of notches to save energy.
A low carbon way of life is in vogue, Jiang said.
“It shows young people also care about society and we try to influence people around us.”
Li Yongmei, a spokeswoman for Internet Forest, launched by science and technology company, hutong, says the website has had 17 million visitors so far.
She said there are online discussions with environmentalists and staff members of non-governmental organizations like the Climate Group.
Your carbon footprint measures the total impact your lifestyle makes on the environment, from your utilities consumption to the way you get around. Online calculators let you enter specific data, then provide you with a numerical representation of your personal contribution to global warming and other environmental problems. By reducing your carbon footprint, you can minimize your impact and the amount of greenhouse gases you produce.
According to the Carbon Footprint website, transportation makes up 10 to 19 percent of your individual impact on the environment in terms of emissions and fuel use (see References 1). To reduce your transportation footprint, alter your travel habits. Walk or ride a bike whenever possible for a zero-emissions activity. Instead of driving alone to work, use a carpool. You can further minimize your impact by riding public transportation and taking direct flights when possible.
Heating and Cooling
The way you heat and cool your home contributes to your carbon footprint. To reduce your impact and cut utility costs, make small changes that add up over time. Check your house for drafts and leaks around doors, windows, outlets and pipes, and make sure that unheated areas are well-insulated. At home, turn the heater down at night and when you are at work, and turn your water heater down when you go out of town. According to the Carbon Footprint website, you can cut your heating bill by 8 percent just by turning your central heating down 1 degree Centigrade. You should also have your heating and cooling systems maintained regularly so they can use energy efficiently.
Use energy wisely by unplugging appliances when you’re not using them; to make it easier, plug groups of appliances into a power strip so you can cut off power completely. Swap old-style incandescent light bulbs for Energy Star-certified ones; according to the EPA, this can prevent greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75 percent. You can also reduce power use with energy management settings on computers, printers and copiers. If you have the budget, you can install solar panels or personal wind turbines to generate green electricity.
To reduce the size of your carbon footprint, start with small changes: buy local, organic and seasonal foods and look for products with limited packaging to cut waste. Recycle as much of your household waste as possible. Get your family into the habit of turning off lights and equipment when it is not in use.