"A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in CO2"
Our carbon footprint is based on our everyday lifestyle choices we make in transportation, personal energy use, diet, and recycling habits. According to carbonfootprint.com the average American household's footprint is 20.4 tons of CO2. The United States has the largest carbon footprint than any other country. If we continue to misuse our natural resources without taking steps to replenish and conserve them, future generations will not share in the pleasures of the simple luxuries we have today.
What can you do to reduce your current footprint?
Automobiles produce over 20% of the total carbon emissions in the US. Walking, biking, taking public transportation, carpooling will help in the reduction of CO2 released into the atmosphere. Properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by 3%.
Home Energy Usage
Using compact fluorescent light bulbs will save 100 pounds of carbon for every incandescent bulb it replaces. If every American household replaced one incandescent fluorescent with a compact fluorescent, the result would be parallel to taking 7.5 million cars off the road.
Consumers can save energy by programing or manually adjusting their thermostats 2 degrees up or down which can save thousands of pounds of carbon emissions.
Energy Star Products
Appliances with the federal energy star labels use 10-50% less energy and water than conventional ones. If 1 in 10 homes used Energy Star appliances, the change would be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.
Reduce waste in landfills and save 2400 pounds of CO2 by recycling half or your household waste. Use products made with recycled materials to save trees and other resources neededto produce new products.
By Local Produce
Minimize transportation emissions and benefit from fresh seasonal produce supporting our local farmers.
Know Your Carbon Footprint
Visit www.carbonfootprint.com to calculate your carbon footprint. There you can also easily and affordably offset your carbon footprint too.