If you’re keen to do what you can to help, here are some things you can do to reduce your carbon emissions. The first thing you can do is calculate your ecological footprint. This is the sum of all the land and resources you consume and emissions and waste you create.
Consider switching your electricity supply to a company providing renewable energy, or one that is also investing in generating renewable energy.
Improve the energy efficiency of your home through retrofit projects, such as double glazing and insulation. The Energy Savings Trust has plenty of home energy advice and Cosy Homes Oxfordshire offers retrofit surveys, advice and installation.
Switch to energy efficient lighting.
For more information about cutting carbon emissions from your home, take a look here
Where possible, consider using public transport, walking or cycling. Cycle routes across the district are being improved. For the latest updates, take a look here.
If you are buying a new vehicle consider going electric or if you don’t drive often, think about joining a car club. E-bikes are also a great way to get around.
Use your local shops to save a car journey while supporting local businesses and helping to improve air quality.
Support local farmers by buying from farmers markets – did you know South Oxfordshire District Council set up the first farmers’ market in the South East region at Thame in 1999? Find your local market here.
Food waste accounts for around 10% of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Try to reduce food waste, Replenish Oxfordshire can help you grow and cook nutritious food with zero waste.