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Oct 04

Learn How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Your carbon footprint is how many greenhouse gases you release in your daily activities. Be remembered by your good deed, not your carbon emissions! You will need:

A deep concern for the future

A sense of personal responsibility

Step 1 – Turn your thermostat up in the summer or down in the winter by just 2 degrees, and you’ll prevent hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide to be released each year. Close doors to rooms that you are not using, to maximize heating and air conditioning. Insulate windows and doors to save even more heating costs.

Step 2 – Turn off and unplug your computer, TV, and other electronics when you’re not using them. Even electronics in sleep mode draw power. Leaving your TV cable box on 24 hours a day uses about 65% as much energy as a standard refrigerator!

Step 3 – Change all the incandescent bulbs in your home to compact, florescent bulbs, which use about 75% less energy.

Step 4 – Do your laundry or run your dishwasher only when you have a full load. It saves water, and it’s an excuse not to clean!

Step 5 – Eat local! An organic, out-of-season vegetable from the other side of the world may sound delicious, but it had to make that trip on a huge container ship. Take a canvas tote with you shopping, so you have a ready, and better answer, to the question “paper or plastic?”.

Step 6 – Bring your own cup or mug when you buy coffee, and stop tossing an average of 20 pounds of disposable cups a year!

Step 7 – Cut back on bottled water. Most tap water is perfectly safe to drink, and, making the plastic and transporting the bottles uses huge quantities of fossil fuels.

Step 8 – Plant a tree! Trees help reduce greenhouse gases, and every one counts. Consider it a peace offering to the earth!

Step 9 – Don’t jump in your car every time you get the urge to run an errand! Plan and consolidate your trips to cut down on gas.

Step 10 – When you can, carpool, use public transportation, or ride your bicycle or walk, proud to be treading lightly!

Did you know? Cattle produce as much as 37% of the atmosphere’s methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide!


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