Microgreening is anything that we do at home, work or in everyday life, to reduce our carbon footprint:
Most actions that we take to reduce our carbon footprint will also have the added bonus of saving us money!
Reducing your carbon footpirint through microgreening
Microgreening is a term that can be used to describe anything that we do in order to reduce our carbon footprint. Microgreening can be anything from putting an empty pop can into a recycling bin, to installing solar panels. There are literally thousands of different ways that individuals, households and businesses can be microgreening!
Through microgreening we can reduce our carbon footprint and significantly improve our standard of living by saving ourselves both money and time.
Why should we be microgreening?Reducing carbon emissions is obviously a huge world wide concern due the huge stresses that are being placed on our planet. The world's supply of natural resources is not infinite, although once upon a time they felt plentiful! Rising world wide population plus improving standards of living are all placing a huge strain on these resources.
Reduce our carbon emission
Carbon emissions have for a long time been at levels far greater than our planet's natural ecosystem can cope with and this is damaging the planet which supports our own life.
Energy is fast becoming an expensive luxury item
The worldwide demand for energy is absolutely colossal and increasing rapidly. Most of the world's energy requirements are met through the burning of fossil fuels, which results in many undesirable waste products, including carbon, being released into the world's atmosphere.
Years ago when there was plenty of fossil fuels such as coal, energy was cheap. With increased demand and diminishing supplies of fossil fuels energy has become much more expensive, to the point that it is quickly becoming a very expensive luxury item. Naturally we still want this luxury item so we need to look at and implement ways to make the energy we purchase go further, otherwise we could one day soon run the risk of being unable to afford it. There are also many ways that we can generate our own renewable energy.
Nearly everything we buy has a carbon footprint
The goods that we buy, plus the packaging that they come in, have all been made from some of the planet's natural resources. Furthermore, extracting these natural resources, making the products and delivering them to the shops, all requires energy which is usually provided by gas, oil or coal.
Waste disposal is also harming our planet
Goods that we have finished with and other waste items need to be disposed of. Disposing of the huge amounts of waste that we produce also places huge environmental strains on the planet in which we live.
What you will find on microgreening.com
The different ways how we can use renewable energy sources to produce heat energy and electricity, together with the advantages, benefits and considerations for each of the micro-generation methods.
Solar heating – using solar heating panels
Solar electricity – using photovoltaic panels
Wind power – using wind turbines
Water power – using water to produce hydroelectric power
Insulation, heating and cooling
The different ways by which we can generate heat energy for our homes and workplace, together with their advantages, benefits and any relevant considerations. Since less heat energy means less carbon emissions and expense this section also contains information about the various insulation methods that can be used to help prevent buildings from losing their heat energy.
Insulation – The different ways to insulate our homes and workplaces in order to reduce heat loss.
Heating and cooling distribution systems – Methods by which heat energy are used to heat our homes and workplaces, including under floor heating systems, air distribution systems and radiators.
Geothermal heating and cooling – How heat energy from the ground can be used to provide heating and cooling for our homes and other buildings.
Combined heat pumps (CHP) – How a CHP boiler works, advantages and considerations.
Condenser boilers – How a condenser boiler works, advantages and considerations.
Air source heat pumps – How an air source heat pump uses heat energy from the surrounding air to provide heating and cooling for our homes and other buildings.
Biomass boilers – How biomass boilers use renewable fuels to provide heat energy, together with advantages and considerations.
The microgreening recycling section explains why we should recycle, how to recycle and what happens to the items that we send for recycling instead of sending to a landfill site.
About our planet
Ways to reduce our carbon footprint
This section lists many ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint at home, in the workplace or when travelling. Most of the methods explained can reduce your carbon footprint and also save you money.