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What can I do?

What can we all do to help?

We as individuals can all support the global effort to tackle and adapt to climate change.

There are actions that individuals and households can take to reduce their carbon footprints and contribute to the UK and global climate goals.

The way you travel

  • Choose to walk and cycle or take public transport in preference to a car, where possible
  • Consider making your next car an electric one
  • Minimise flying, especially long-haul, where possible

In your home

  • Improve the energy efficiency of your home (or ask your landlord to) through draughtproofing, improved insulation, choosing LED light-bulbs and appliances with high efficiency ratings
  • Set thermostats no higher than 19°C and the water temperature in heating systems no higher than 55°
  • Consider switching to a low-carbon heating system such as a heat pump, especially if you live off the gas grid; if you are on the gas grid, consider a hybrid system
  • Reduce the risk of overheating in the summer by opting for thick curtains or blinds.
  • Install water and smart energy meters to manage water and energy use, whilst also helping to identify water leaks

To find out more ways to reduce water and energy consumption and costs, go to the Council’s webpage ‘Community projects and schemes’ where you can find government funded insulation grants and more.

What you eat and buy

  • Try to eat a healthy diet, with less beef, lamb and dairy
  • Eliminate food waste as far as possible and make sure that you reuse and recycle where possible
  • Use only peat-free compost, learn why on the RSPB website
  • Choose good quality products that will last, use them for longer and try to repair before you replace
  • Share rather than buy items like power tools that you don’t use frequently. If you don’t/won’t use your car regularly then consider joining a car club instead.

What else?

  • Look for changes that you can make in your workplace or school to reduce emissions and support your colleagues to make changes too
  • Talk about your experiences and help to raise awareness of the need to act!
  • Get involved in climate-related events happening either locally or globally, find out more over on our Events page
  • Find out what schemes and projects are available in your area that could help you save money and reduce emissions over on our Community Projects and Scheme page

Last Updated on Monday, March 4, 2024

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