Some ideas for cutting your carbon footprint


Hang out the washing instead of tumble drying


Only put the washing machine or dishwasher on when full


Turn down the heating by 1°C


Spend less time in the shower


Turn electrical equipment off when not in use, including items on standby


Fit LED bulbs


Seal draughts (but watch out for condensation)


Install thermostatic valves on radiators


Install thicker loft insulation


Replace old freezer/fridge with new energy efficient A++


Install cavity wall insulation


Replace old boiler with new condensing boiler


Install solar panels


Replace boiler with air source heat pump



Walk or cycle more for short journeys


Car share for work or the school run


Use the bus or train rather than your car


If possible, work from home some days of the week


Change your car for something smaller and lower emission


Change your car for an electric vehicle


Cut out some holiday flights with staycations or using Eurostar to Europe



Don’t buy bottled water but use the tap


Buy local fruit and veg or grow your own


Buy foods in season and avoid foods flown in


Reduce your consumption of meat and dairy


Reduce consumption of beef and lamb in favour of pork and chicken


Ensure no food wasted; take care with shopping list, freeze leftovers


Keep to the above when eating out and/or reduce eating out


Become vegetarian


Become vegan

Diet makes up 25% of the average person’s carbon footprint, so is a ripe area for reductions. Our suggested carbon calculator only gives a rough estimate of the total emissions in this category. If you would like to look at your consumption in more detail, you can download a spreadsheet here. It could be an eye opener! [Note that the spreadsheet will open as a Google Sheet.  If you wish to use Excel then click on File/Download and store as an Excel file on your computer.]


Repair rather than replace your aging stuff


Upcycle rather than buying new


Do you really need that gadget/fashion item, or could you buy second hand?


Keep your electronic equipment for longer


Cut out paper-based newspapers, magazines and new books, rather read online


For every new purchase, don’t think can I afford it, rather do I really need it


Swap high emission leisure activities for lower impact choices