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Tips to reduce emissions

At Greenfleet we believe that we all need to avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, not just offset them, to reach the low carbon future our society and planet need to survive.

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Tips to reduce emissions

Heating & Cooling

What's the issue?

Everyone likes to be comfortable and being too hot or too cold is not at all comfortable, but should we have the heater roaring all winter or the air conditioning cranked up every time the sun comes out? The answer of course is NO.

Artificial heating and cooling are both large consumers of energy and hence produce a significant portion of your household's greenhouse gas emissions. But there are simple ways to reduce your reliance on artificial temperature controls.

How to avoid and reduce emissions

  • Insulate!  Walls and ceilings connect the inside of your house to the outside world. By placing insulation inside the walls and the roof-space can dramatically reduce the amount of heat transferred between the inside and outside, which will keep your house warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

  • Seal any draughts. This will also reduce the transfer of heat between the inside and outside of your house. Cold draughts can also make you feel colder than the actual room temperature, so you tend to turn on the heater unnecessarily.

  • Curtains and blinds reduce the transfer of heat through windows. External blinds prevent the sun from entering through your windows during summer, while good thick internal curtains or blinds can prevent heat loss through windows when it is cold outside.

  • Let nature work its magic. Plant native trees to provide shade all year round or consider deciduous options, like a grapevine, which will provide shade in summer but shed its leaves to let the sun in for winter. Open windows and doors to let the cooler night air flow through your house in summer.

  • Housing design and orientation can also affect the ambient temperature of your house.

  • Only heat or cool the areas you are using.  If you do use artificial temperature control: shut doors to close off any rooms you are not currently using, close windows so you are not transferring heat outside and turn off the heating or cooling entirely if you leave the house for an extended period.

  • Change your thermostat for summer and winter. Maintaining a constant inside temperature year-round is wasteful and unhealthy when the outside temperature changes so much between seasons. Set your thermostat to 18-20°C in winter and 26°C in summer - and use clothing to regulate your own personal body temperature, instead of constantly adjusting the heating or cooling controls.

Offset the rest

It's important that we counteract the impact of any greenhouse emissions we create by undertaking an activity to absorb an equivalent amount of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. Greenfleet plants permanent, biodiverse, native forests to offset greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of individuals and businesses.

 

Offset your emissions