The greenest energy is the energy you don't use

When you purchase a kilogram of coffee, the entire lifecycle of that coffee, from the coffee plant on a Costa Rican farm to the packaging eventually becoming waste in Denmark, results in an environmental burden of just under 5 kg of CO2. This may not be surprising, considering the production involves processes such as drying, roasting, grinding, and extensive transportation. However, what might be unexpected is that 45 percent of the CO2 emissions originate from the energy used to brew the coffee at home. Therefore, it indeed matters whether you utilize an energy-efficient coffee maker or whether you boil a full pot of water or just half.

Reducing the energy usage in our everyday lives directly correlates with lower potential CO2 emissions. Hence, it is crucial for everyone to curtail unnecessary energy consumption. There are numerous ways to accomplish this, but you can begin by conserving energy and using it judiciously. Examples include adopting LED lighting, enhancing insulation, and investing in energy-efficient windows and washing machines.