Reducing your carbon footprint
How to reduce your carbon footprint
Taking simple actions in our day-to-day lives, like using less energy, driving less and recycling more can make a big difference. Many of the actions we can do make a positive difference to our well-being and can save us money in the long run.
The United Nations have provided a list of 10 simple actions that everyone can take to reduce their carbon footprint and many of them could save you money too. You can also use these handy carbon footprint calculators to help you understand where you're leaving the biggest carbon footprint.
In Derby, these are the top three actions residents can take to reduce their carbon footprint:
Reduce energy usage and loss from homes and buildings
That might be from getting into the habit of turning off appliances you aren’t using, turning down the heating or investing in better loft insulation.
You can find more information and advice on our Home energy pages.
The Energy Saving Trust has more information and advice on their website.
Change how you travel
Driving less, walking more or even getting on a bike are all great ways to cut your travel carbon footprint and the cost of travel. For longer journeys, consider public transport.
The Council are making huge investments to improve travel in the city and give residents more active and sustainable options. This is part of the Transforming Cities and Active Travel Fund.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
Food waste makes up around a third of the waste in your black (general) waste bin!
With food prices rising, reducing what we waste makes financial sense and it’s something everyone can do. By spending just a few minutes to plan what you’re going to eat, making a list and sticking to it, the average family could save £70 a week.
Find more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle on our website.
Have you tried other actions to reduce your carbon footprint? Share them with us on Let’s Talk Derby Climate.