By learning on how to reduce the carbon footprint in your own home, you are contributing to the world environment in a very small but sure way. In the bargain, you too stand to gain by reducing your utility bills to a great extent. There are several ways to reduce your utility expenses. Such measures can be permanently and quickly implemented in your home. The top three ways are being aware of ways to use passive solar energy, unplugging electrical devices and recycling everything that you find around your home.
Passive solar energy is as simple as closing the windows of your home on a sunny summer day, thereby reducing the heat inside your home. On a sunny winter day you can open your windows to let sunshine in thereby reducing extra power to heat your home. You can even plan to build your home in such a way that large windows face the sun during the winter months. With the turn of seasons when the earth rotates, the same windows will not receive much direct sunlight during the hot summer months. Using sunlight to heat water and then making use of it in your outdoor swimming pool will also help to reduce your utility bills. This can be done with the help of do-it-yourself kits that are commercially available.
Unplugging off electrical devices will help you save on energy because many common household appliances draw small amounts of electricity even if they are switched off.
Another important way to keep the environment carbon neutral is to recycle everything that you do not have a use for. Your kitchen scraps and yard wastages can be composted. Your cell phones and other used electrical appliances can be recycled through appropriate channels. Your unwanted books, clothes, furniture and everything in your home can be even donated to charity.
All this may not have a great impact immediately on the world environment, but you will have the satisfaction of contributing to it in a small way.