In Denmark a typical family consisting of 2 parents and two kids discharges approximately 380 kilos of CO2 per year when drying all clothes in the tumble dryer.
We are 5 persons in our household and do a lot of sport, so we easily discharge 400-420 kilos per year – if not more – on drying clothes alone.
But, I always dry as much clothes as possible outside on the clothesline. The clothes dries really fast and smells fresh too.
My goal is to reduce our family’s carbon footprint as much as possible and this is the start.
Reducing the carbon footprint is vital to all of us. Vital in the sense that the total bill made by you, me and the generations before us is now so loaded with interests, that if we do nothing, the future generations will never be able to pay that bill off.
This means you and I must do what we can to pay that bill off NOW.
Holland and Denmark are leading nations when it comes to biking. The latest statistic I could Google, stated that 16% of all transportation in Denmark is made by bike. That is really something we can learn from. I have two bikes myself, one for transportation and shopping and a mountain bike for fun. The everyday bike, the donkey is also our extra bike if the others have a flat tyre.
I’m a member of a local non profit association where we plant trees in Denmark, Africa and Asia. Our goal us to become CO2 neutral either one year at a time, or life long by paying the full amount once. I pay by year because the full amount is 1000 euros and I don’t have that money available, unfortunately.
Our tv and other electrical appliances are turned off at night, not only on stand by. That saves us roughly 125 euros every year on the electrical bill. But we save the environment for roughly 200 kilos CO2. That is quite something. Our heating is natural gas, which gives lower emissions than other energy sources.
So, implementing small changes to our everyday makes quite a difference when you add it all up.