20 Smart Ways to Decrease your Carbon Tax

20 Smart Ways to Decrease your Carbon Tax

The effort to cut down carbon that we release into the environment includes looking for solutions to help reduce carbon activated power. Some common solutions include use of solar, wind and biofuels as renewable energy sources.

Solar and wind may be the most preferred and talked about energy sources, but still coal is the fastest-growing fuel in the world which produces twice the gas reserves and three times the oil reserves.

"Coal is here to stay," Milton Catelin, head of the World Coal Institute told the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi on Jan 19. In Canadian provinces such as B.C. and Alberta, carbon taxes are a part of their strategy to overcome carbon emissions and motivate industries to invest in renewable energy sources.

To avoid this tax increase and to build a greener future, here are some ways to reduce carbon emissions.


Transportation

Transportation accounts for almost half of all air pollution, more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions and one quarter of common air pollution and almost one-fifth of water toxicity.  

  1. The Canadian government has issued a smart rating that enables you to ensure that you are buying a fuel efficient vehicle.
  2. For instance, an SUV uses almost twice the amount of fuel compared to a modern station wagon, with both accommodating the same number of passengers.
  3. Walk, bike or carpool to your destinations to save fuel
  4. Air travel is faster, yet harmful to our society – hence, try to plan more road trips to areas closer to your home.
  5. If shifting to another place, choose a home that allows you to eliminate car travel i.e. bike or walk.

Energy

Canada is the largest consumer of energy in the world and the second largest producer of greenhouse gases. Its population is of 30 million people, but it uses as much energy as the entire continent of Africa which is home to 700 million.

  1. Waste of energy in expensive and also harmful to nature. Try to conserve energy.
  2. Reduce your home heating and electricity use. This will lower your utility bills and reduce the effects of climate change.
  3. Choose energy-efficient appliances.
  4. New refrigerators, for example, use 40 per cent less energy than models made just 10 years ago.

Food

The more the population, the more mouths to feed. We are leading ourselves into a dire situation with increasing air and water pollution, loss of soil and reduced biodiversity. We can have a big impact on climate change by following some easy food habits:

  1. Eat in small portions
  2. Choose foods that are local and organic.
  3. Make the most of seasonal foods.
  4. Try to consume seafood.
  5. Recycle your trash.
  6. Compost all organic waste.

Time to act

  1. We can reduce our use of non-renewable energy sources starting from our homes, schools and offices.
  2. Promote fuel efficient technologies.
  3. Help spread awareness about climate change and fuel efficiency.
  4. Prevent toxic waste from entering our rivers and oceans.
  5. Establish strategies to protect endangered species.
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