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Carbon footprint

A carbon footprint measures the impact that human activities like driving a car or heating your home have on the environment. It’s measured in units of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.

Making changes to certain things you do can help to reduce your carbon footprint.

You can do things like:

  • turn your heating’s thermostat down by 1 degree, which can also save money
  • insulating your home, especially your loft
  • use low energy lighting
  • drying clothes on a washing line instead of using a tumble dryer
  • investing in more energy efficient appliances and electronics, like an A-rated dishwasher
  • only boiling the water you need in your kettle
  • reducing the number of short trips you make in your car or use public transport instead

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