Reducing your carbon footprint
What is my carbon footprint?
The World Wildlife Fund have created a carbon footprint calculator to help you understand your own carbon footprint.
Tips for helping you reduce your carbon footprint
We all need to work together to tackle the huge threat of climate change. We can all reduce our carbon footprint by taking some simple steps.
Fly less - The easiest way to make a big difference to your carbon footprint is to travel by train or take fewer flights.
Improve your home insulation - Poorly insulated houses require large quantities of energy to heat. If you have properly insulated the loft and filled the cavity wall, the most important action you can take is to draught-proof your house.
Replace old gas and oil boilers - Even if your current boiler works well, it is worth thinking about replacing any boiler more than 15 years old. Your fuel use may fall by a third or more by doing so. You may be eligible for a grant for improvements to your home thermal efficiency, see our ECO Flexibility assistance page for more information.
Drive less - Reducing the mileage of the average new car from 15,000 to 10,000 miles per year will save more than a tonne of CO2, about 15% of the average person’s footprint.
Replace halogen lights with LEDs - It makes good financial and carbon sense to replace energy-guzzling halogen lights with their LED equivalents. They should last at least 10 years, meaning you avoid the hassle of buying new halogen bulbs every few months.
Unplug your devices at home - Electronic devices use energy when they’re plugged in, even if they’re powered down.
Consume less - Simply buying less stuff is a good route to lower emissions. A single T-shirt may have caused emissions equal to two or three days’ typical power consumption. Buying fewer and better things has an important role to play.