Question: How to Measure & Reduce your Carbon Footprint?
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To tackle the goal of lowering your carbon footprint, you have to know how much carbon you produce. This can be easily done with MyClimate’s Carbon Footprint Quiz.
Many of our daily activities — such as using electricity, driving, and disposing waste — cause greenhouse gas emissions. Together these emissions make up a household’s carbon footprint. The calculator estimates your footprint in three areas: home energy, transportation and waste.
According to The Encyclopedia of the Earth, the average Carbon Footprint produced from a North American is about 20 tons of CO2-eq each year. Which is 5 times more than the global average carbon footprint is only about 4 tons of CO2 each year.
With the facts, it is a must for more North American to try to reduce their carbon footprint with these 10 simple methods:
- Alternatives to Driving — When possible, you should walk or bike to local places and daily errands. When you need to travel further, you should try to carpool with friends or a co-worker, or even take the public transit.
- Get a Hitch-Mounted Cargo Rack — Avoid roof-top racks or boxes because they increase aerodynamic drag and reduce fuel economy.
- Driving Style — Speeding and unnecessary acceleration can reduce your fuel mileage by 33%. Not only do you waste gas and money, you raise your carbon footprint.
- Tire Inflation — Properly inflated tires improve your gas mileage by up to 3%.
- Insulate & Seal your Home — Reduce drafts and air leaks with caulk, insulation, and weather stripping.
- Energy Efficient Appliances — When choosing a new furnace, air conditioning unit, dishwasher, or refrigerator loof for the ENERGY STAR label.
- Lighting — Turn off lights you’re not using and when you leave the room. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED ones.
- Eat Locally-Produced or Organic Food — 13% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions result from the production and transport of food. Transporting food requires petroleum-based fuels, and many fertilizers are also fossil fuel-based.
- Water Usage — Making water-efficient choices when purchasing shower heads, faucet heads, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines.
- Reuse & Recycle — It has been estimated that 29% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions result from the “provision of goods, by buying used products and reselling or recycling items you no longer use, you dramatically reduce your carbon footprint from the “provision of goods.”
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