What you can do
This page details what you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Connect For Help - Free energy advice and support
- The Council is working with Connect For Help to offer low income and vulnerable residents a completely free of charge phone service that provides:
- An in-depth energy advice session
- A detailed personalised review of your finances with a highly trained financial advisor
- Free small energy savings devices e.g. LED lightbulbs
- Referrals to other local services e.g. Fire Service safety checks
- All the relevant information including eligibility requirements can be found on the Connect For Help website.
- Alternatively you can contact Connect For Help on: 0800 029 4548
You could take part in the Greening Campaign
The Greening Campaign is a carbon reduction initiative that encourages people to make small changes to their lives which together can have a big impact on a community's carbon footprint. It's a great way to bring people together and encourage people to work together to combat climate change.
Hampshire County Council are dedicated to providing support for 40 campaigns across the county.
Find out more on our dedicated webpage.
- Travel by public transport
- Walk or cycle
- Invest in an electric car
- Car share
- Flexible working
- Fly less
- A single transatlantic flight will generate more emissions than average citizens in some developing nations emit in a year
- Longevity of products
- When purchasing items think about the longevity of the product. This will help reduce the amount of stuff that you accumulate which eventually becomes waste
- Charity shops
- If you have unwanted items charities provide a sustainable way of ensuring that someone else will continue using the product
- Compost food and garden waste
- Avoid single use plastics
- Fareham Borough Council has a campagin 'Give Plastic the Push'
- Say no to plastic straws
- Avoid excess food packaging
- Carry a reusable shopping bag with you
- Waste less food
- Grow you own
- Growing your own fruit, vegetables, and herbs could cut your food miles to zero while also saving you money
- If you don't have a garden, allotments are a great alternative
- Eat less meat, more plants
- Globally, livestock production is responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions
- Beef is particularly bad since it uses 28 times more land and 11 times more water than pork or chicken resulting in five times more climate warming emissions
- Giving up beef alone could reduce your carbon footprint more than giving up your car
More energy efficient measures:
- Make sure your house is fully insulated
- Loft and cavity wall insulation are the first areas to consider
- Insulate your hot water cylinder with an insulating jacket
- Insulate your hot water pipes to prevent heat loss
- Install solar panels
- Switch energy supplier
- There are a number of energy suppliers that offer 100% renewable energy tariffs
- Drying your clothes
- Use a washing line instead of a tumble dryer
For useful links and information on household energy efficiency measures see the dedicated webpage.
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