10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint
1 Change to a green energy supplier at home and ask your churchwarden to enquire about an energy audit for your church.
2 Insulate your home as much as possible: put a curtain over the front door and try to reduce other draughts. For tips on energy efficiency try the Energy Grants Calculator.
3 Providing you’re reasonably fit, wear a woolly and keep your house cooler. You can also save money each year by setting the thermostat to 20°C (68°F) or below.
4 Tumble dryers are energy guzzlers. Spin your washing for longer if you’re going to use a dryer and use a washing line instead whenever you can.
5 Eat less meat and dairy. It’s easy to find great recipes for plant-based meals, and with the money you save, buy local, better quality meat for special meals.
6 Avoid fresh food that’s been flown in and don’t make a special journey just to buy one item. Growing your own lettuce and tomatoes is easy to do (and tastier)!
7 Get out of the car and switch to bus, bike… or legs! Sustrans have great tips for making the switch.
8 If you have to drive, car emissions are lowest between 50-60 mph. For optimum MPG keep your windows up and your tyres at the right pressure.
9 As well as our individual actions we can use our voices and votes to tell decision makers what’s important. There are lots of opportunities for advocacy around the climate conference, COP26, this year.
10 Getting involved in your local community is one of the best ways to save the planet. Living life locally – concerts, exercise classes, church – means you’re not using energy to travel somewhere else.
Want to do more? See if there’s a local climate action group in your area or visit oxford.anglican.org/commonvision to find out about our partnership with Citizens UK.