Our well-being improves when we focus less on material goals and values. So spending a little more time with whānau, friends or nature, and a little less on new things, can help us get more out of life overall.
Putting food in your tum rather than the bin is an easy way to save the energy-related emissions of food production. Planning meals and storing food so it lasts longer could also save the average household $560 a year.
How much greenhouse gas do you produce as you live your life? The average New Zealander’s carbon footprint is around 8.6 tonnes a year. Find out how you’re doing – and what you could do better – with a carbon footprint calculator.
Food that takes more steps to produce generally uses more energy and generates more carbon. Meat takes a lot of steps to produce – especially red meat. It’s a lot simpler to produce plants to feed yourself.
LED light bulbs use up to 85% less electricity than traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs and can last 15 times longer. They cost around $3 to $10 each – so a bit more upfront but the long-term savings are worth it.
Emission offsetting services can calculate the emissions you produce, then help you fund projects that remove emissions from the atmosphere or prevent them in first place. Offsetting a domestic flight costs less than $5.