Carbon Footprint Reduction
Mar 12, 2014
It’s the fashionable thing to do nowadays, with many celebrities jumping on board the crusade to reduce our carbon footprints, and so slow the rapid progression towards global warming. The ironic thing being that many of these A-listers, who have been campaigning for lowering carbon emissions, will do so whilst travelling around the planet on their private jets.
Well that irony hasn’t been lost on us, and at Hugo Carter we are doing everything in our capacity in order to reduce the amount of carbon we create. One such way we seek to achieve this is through carefully monitoring our delivery times in order to find the optimum schedule, so as to save time and prevent excess carbon emissions through burning fuel.
We also try to use as little paper as we can and instead utilise digital systems as much as possible. As we’ve said before we also plant a tree for every single order, another way we have found that we can offset any emissions we do create. As well as using ‘green thinking’ suppliers, we are doing everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint, but we also want to help reduce yours!
One such way you can do this is by purchasing our energy efficient windows. These modern glass windows offer a marked 30% increase in heat preservation, which saves the average family around £170 on their yearly heating bill. This saving has been calculated to off-put a whopping 680kg of carbon emissions, meaning that you yourself can contribute to lowering the global carbon footprint by replacing older energy loss glass with newer, more technologically advanced panes!
Newer wooden frames can even help to further insulate the house, again reducing heating costs. Compared to the plastic uPVC frames that you see adorning most houses, our timber frames produce very little carbon in the manufacturing process.
Another step we take towards running a green company is to always use water based paints on exterior timber finishes rather than oil based. The latter are responsible for releasing an incredible amount of volatile organic compounds into the air that will catalyse the reaction between nitrogen oxides and UV rays, which causes low-level ozone and toxic photochemical smog.
It’s all well and good that these things are being considered nowadays, with the green movement gaining further media attention. The reality is that we need to start taking action in order to actually implement change in our carbon footprints, by considering our everyday practises. From thinking about how we get around to making changes to our households, we can all do things to help the planet. As we’ve shown you, these changes can even result in a saving for you in the long run, so it’s a total win-win situation.
So, we’re doing our part, but are you? Tell us in the comments what kind of things you do in order to offset your carbon emissions! Hopefully we can all benefit by learning from one another.