My top ten carbon footprint reducing relatively easy and quick suggestions that most people can benefit from:

1. First things first- insulation your home as much as possible. There are even grants that help you do this. Phone the government's Energy Saving Trust on 0800512012 to get customised recommendations to access pots of money and save energy, and therefore your carbon emissions.

2. The 2nd option is switch to the greenest tariff you can afford ASAP. This can effectively reduce your own carbon footprint by about 25%-33% depending on which company you go with. Depending on how much you think you can afford switch today.

Your options:

a) Green energy from renewable sources costs more than brown energy from fossil fuelled old power stations BUT even staying with your existing supplier and switching to their green tariff ( the big six energy companies ALL offer them) you have made a big reduction.

b) The greenest energy provider in the UK is:

www.goodenergy.co.uk -these guys offer electricity from 100% renewable sources

c) Coming in at about 98% renewables is:

www.ecotricity.co.uk -they offer two tariffs:the cheaper one will price match with your traditional energy suppiler for your area's standard rate which works out about coming from 48% green but this is still lots better than the average of 5% of the big 6's standard tariffs.

3. Lower your central heating by at least one degree or more if you can! Basically this means you use less energy .

4. Use your washing machine at the coldest setting as possible! Present washing powders don’t need hot water, and heating the water is what consumes most of the energy that the washing machine uses so that is why keeping it cool is a good idea. I do still wash my bedsheets at 60 degrees to kill off anything untoward...

5. Don’t use the tumble dryer to dry clothes! It uses so much energy it’s is not even funny- plus it is expensive as well. I know it is difficult to dry stuff insdie in the winter when you cannot hang your clothes out to dry but clothes horses near radiators can work a treat. The air is fantastic at drying clothes – your grandmother could have told you that.

6. Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs use 10% of the energy that a standard bulb needs and they last 8-10 times longer. ON average they save about £8-10 EACH per year so if you have 5 you haven't switched in your home do it now to gain an extra £50. I am rather pleased with my  LED bulbs that have replaced the halogen down lighters in the kitchen thanks very much!

7. Use less water. This is about carbon emissions right? Well yes but heating the water is where the carbon emissions kick in and water is becoming a more scarce commodity so it is generally a good thing for the environment to use less water. Try out all taps for leaks and fix any you find. Take shorter showers, bath as a treat and look at getting a dishwasher, . Using less water uses less energy and saves you money!

8. Walk rather than drive for very short trips. Use a bicycle for mid-length trips, and only use the car if you really have to. Petrol is not cheap and it pollutes the air- In London it is pretty bad so consider air quality as well as your pocket and maybe join a car club or a lift share site?

9. If and when you have to drive, keep your speed down to around 55 miles per hour if possible. Your car’s engine will be running at optimum efficiency at that speed using the least amount of fuel-drive smoothly as well! Public transport even in rural areas is great if you do not need ot move much apart from your self and have a good amount of time to do the journey. Obviously cycling is even better!

10. Look at taking your holidays in the UK, or Europe using the train or boat and only fly when your really have to!
 

Carbon- less GHG's please! 

Most people are now pretty familiar with what is meant by your carbon footprint. i have a bit of a problem with the term and idea as really it is about reducing harmful emissions rather than just carbon, but as it is in the ball park and still a "term du jour" I will just try and go with it.