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Carbon Footprint - Your Long Shadow

environment_tree_400When it comes to energy consumption and conservation, much ado has been made over an individual's "carbon footprint."  This buzz term has been all over the newspapers, television and even in popular magazines. 

What does "carbon footprint" mean? A carbon footprint refers to the level of impact that a person has on the environment.  That impact takes into account all of a person's activities and then measures that impact by the amount of greenhouse gases that those activities produce.  The amount of greenhouse gas is then measured out in units of carbon dioxide.  The level of emissions resulting from the amount of energy used by an action and the Life Cycle Assessment are the two most popular methods used to determine a person's exact "carbon footprint."

Almost every single thing a person does during his waking hours can raise the level of his carbon footprint.  Technically, breathing out increases his carbon footprint as the simple act of breathing in and out results in an increased level of carbon dioxide in the world. 

Asking the residents of the United Kingdom to breathe less is ridiculous so residents would do well to remember that a carbon footprint is actually assigned by his actions: driving his automobile, cooking a meal, the amount of energy consumed while at home, at work and in transit.  The amount of carbon even a lazy day can produce is eye opening.

The reason your carbon footprint has become so important in recent years is, simply, the climate of the world is changing drastically and environmental experts claim that the amount of carbon and other greenhouse gasses humans produce is directly responsible for that change.  The globe has risen by around .6 degrees Celsius over the last one hundred years.  That does not sound like a lot, but it has proven to have quite an impact! The polar ice caps are fractions of what they once were, droughts are happening in places that are known for being wet (the United Kingdom, for example) and the transitional changes of fall and spring are getting much shorter. 

There are quite a few things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.  The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce your energy consumption!  Unplug phone chargers and appliances when they are not in use, use only the lights you need while you need them, etc.  Another good way to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce your dependence on your automobile. Recycle everything you can!

One of the best ways to cut down on the impact carbon dioxide has on the environment is to plant trees.  Trees take in carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen.  The more trees that are planted, the more carbon dioxide is absorbed before it can make its way to the ozone layer!

This page has been written with contributions from plumbers from Buckinghamshire and experienced heating engineers from Kingston Upon Thames. Several of the company's experienced plumbers from Surrey have worked on similar issues as well as some of our qualified plumbers from Bromley and our Balham heating engineers.

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