Well, I’ve been looking at how we in this household can become carbon neutral and it’s about to happen.
I have found out our average KWh for both sources of energy we use, gas and electricity. Then calculated it into a yearly amount rounding up generously, (I don’t want to say that we are carbon neutral and not actually be there for whatever reason).
No one in the household drives and flights will be calculated and added and offset if and when we take them.
So what happens next? Well, with the total figures I can use an online calculator to convert the KWh into an actual CO2 output number. Then we offset by investing in a place or a couple of places that will do the offsetting. Some of the schemes include:
The way this works is the money we pay in a yearly lump sum is used in these example schemes to ‘offset’ what our house produces in the way of CO2.
This along with me being vegan, Olly my partner will be going vegan after our baby is born, as it isn’t the right time now for a major diet change obvious reasons (hurry up CJ!), our recycling schemes and also the switch to ‘green’ energy, (a little bit more expensive than normal but well worth it), should mean we are really doing our bit as a household for the environment. There is always more to be done though and I’ll be doing it….
How does our ‘green’ energy work? Well simply put all the money we pay for our bills is put into the production of energy from wind farms. Although obviously we don’t get all that what it means is the amount of energy we use is produced by a wind farm and distributed through the energy grid. So in theory this household’s power is all from wind power if you can look at it like that.
If you live in the UK and would like details of where and how we are offsetting feel free to contact me, a google search does just as well at turning up offsetting schemes for UK and non-UK residents.