Seven super quick ways to cut your carbon

1. Master your heating controls

If your boiler has a timer function, it’s really worth getting to know it. Setting your heating to come on when you get up in the morning and again when you get back from work means you’ll always be toasty without heating your house 24/7.

And while you’re at it, what about the temperature? Bringing the heat down by one degree cut your fuel consumption by 10%. Try taking it down a few degrees over a couple of weeks, it’ll make all the difference! Have a look at our top heating tips for more. 

2. Go LED

LEDs use something like 10% of the electricity a regular bulb uses. And they’re becoming more and more popular - with oodles of brands and models on our shelves. Have a look at our Q&A and then try swapping the light bulb in your kitchen for an LED.

3. Add a low-carbon recipe to your repertoire

There’s plenty of carbon savings to be won in your three square meals. Cut down on meat feasts - beef and lamb are particular offenders, so swapping them for another meat, or even better, something veggie, will have your carbon footprint tumbling in no time. Think stir fries, soups, omelettes, and yes, pies.

4. Drive smoother

Accelerate gently, slow down gradually, shift up early and stick to the speed limit – done! Basically, don’t drive like a jerk and you’ll save plenty of fuel. Check out our guide to low carbon driving for more tips.

5. On your bike

While we’re talking about travel, why not ditch your car for a bike? The key with this is regularity - even if it’s a two mile journey, the carbon savings really start to mount up if you’re doing it a few times a week. If your bike has seen better days, here’s our quick guide to bike resurrection.

And if cycling isn’t your thing, some decent headphones and an audio book can really jazz up a walk to the supermarket or train station.

6. Bust those draughts

It’s no good finely honing your heating controls if all that heat is escaping through some nasty draughts under your door! So go on a bit of a hunt for cold air and indoor breezes! This one’s particularly good if you’re living in an old house - it’s affordable, effective and it shouldn’t get you into trouble with your landlord. As ever, we've got a handy guide

7. Chat climate change

This might seem a bit out of place in this list, but having honest, friendly conversations about climate change is one of the hardest, and most important things you can do.

People take their cues about what matters from what others are talking about, but climate conversations can be a minefield. The challenge is to raise the issue without getting triggering the feelings of confusion, guilt and helplessness that make people want to avoid it in the first place.

Not sure where to start? Try using one of the It's Happening stories as a jumping off point.

Photo: Will Cyclist, Creative Commons