We wanted to explain some ways that you can help save energy in your Langley household! Below are six different ways that you can cut your carbon footprint down and help the planet! 🌎🌞 If you’re looking to help the community, the Langley Environmental Partners Society is always looking for more volunteers!
Recycling is one of the easiest and best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. By reusing materials we make, we’re creating less waste for the environment and decreasing greenhouse gases. ♻🍃 Langley has an extensive recycling program, that separates materials for easy sorting and reuse. To see how to properly recycle why not check out this extensive guide to recycling in Langley!
2. Reduce your Carbon Footprint by Unplugging Devices
Did you know that your devices use up power even when they’re not powered on? By unplugging your devices when not in use or turned off, you can save tons on your carbon footprint. 💡🔌 Even if nothing is attached to your phone charger, it’s still drawing energy! To help the Langley area, make sure to unplug devices when not in use.
3. Leave the car at home & use Langley public transit!
By walking, cycling, or taking Langley transit – you have an immediate effect on your carbon footprint. 🚌🚇🚲 We all know that cars contribute quite a lot to green gas emissions, so by taking the time to walk, cycle, or take transit, you’re reducing the number of harmful gases that will burn up our atmosphere.
As Langley grows and develops, easier ways of getting around will develop as well! So next time you’re meeting someone for coffee or got to go to the corner store, consider alternate methods of travel! Here’s a guide to transit in Langley, so that you know how to get around!
Also, with more bike lanes being built in Langley, it’s getting easier to get places. If you’re looking to be healthier, visit Bicycle Sports Pacific, to rent or buy a bike!
4. Plant some greenery
Even if you live in a small place with not a lot of space for plants, it’s a good idea to tend to a couple of plants. Plants naturally take in carbon dioxide, which we often product too much of in our daily lives. By having some plants they can take away some of the carbon emissions we produce. Plus, if you get some bee-friendly flowers, you’ll help contribute to a stable ecosystem and food supply! 🐝🌼🌳 Visit Cedar Rim Nursery to find some new plants for your garden! The experts there will also be able to help you find the perfect plants to attract bees and other pollinating animals!
5. Eat local & organic Langley produce
The amount of manpower and energy it takes to ship food can add up quickly. The closer the food is to you, the fewer carbon emissions it took to arrive on your plate. By choosing in-season produce and going to local restaurants, you’re not only contributing to the community but contributing to a better earth. 👩🌾👨🌾🍓 Farmers within your area are also more likely to have stricter protocols on how food is treated and grown. By buying local and organic food, you can cut back on harmful chemicals in your food, travel emissions, and support your local economy!
One of our favourite places to get great produce is Krause Berry Farms! With patches where you can pick your own vegetables and fruit, its a great place to go to year round! Besides locally sourced food, Krause Berry Farms also helps the environment by having all their plates, cutlery, straws, and napkins made out of compostable material! Along with that, they have added cardboard recyclable gift boxes for those looking to recycle and reuse material.
A great place to go to for local food (and great drinks) is the Trading Post Taphouse! With all of its food and drinks made in house, you’re getting the freshest meals in Langley!
One of the most unique parts of the Langley Community Farmers Market. With all local vendors, you’ll get seasonal food that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. You won’t only learn about local vendors, but also the local restaurants that exist in Langley!
6. Air-Dry Your Clothes
Did you know a clothes dryer uses up 5 times more energy than a clothes washer? Although this greatly depends on your location, air-drying your clothes is a valid solution to cut down on the amount of energy you use. ☀👕 Even if you do it once a month, you can help contribute to a smaller carbon footprint and make your community a better place!
Let’s make it our goal to lessen Langley’s carbon footprint. One way to help is to donate or volunteer for the Langley Environmental Partners Society. You can visit their website to see how you can take action!
Our Langley events page will help you find plenty of local events that help raise awareness about nature in Langley. 🌳😎🐸 Sign up and see what they have to say, its a great way to get educated on how to make our community a greener place!
If you want to find out more about climate change, why not check out Greta Thunberg. Her videos are very inspiring and help bring to light how to take action to help the Earth.
We hope this blog gave you some insights into how to create fewer carbon emissions. If you have any other ideas, let us know in the comments below!
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