Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
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You can make a difference!
Simple ways of reducing carbon footprints are already being implemented by many Americans: reusing canvas shopping bags, taking shorter showers and walking or riding bicycles.
Beyond these simple steps, one of the main things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is to be energy efficient. You can easily and inexpensively increase your energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint using these tips:
Support Renewable Energy
Help spur the renewable energy market and cut global warming pollution.
Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Replace three frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $60 per year. Take the Energy Star pledge.
Inflate Your Tires
Keep the tires on your car adequately inflated. Check them monthly. Save 250 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $840 per year.
Change Your Air Filter
Check your car's air filter monthly. Save 800 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $130 per year.
Buy ENERGY STAR Appliances
The average home has two TVs, a VCR, a DVD player and three telephones. If these items were replaced with ENERGY STAR models, it would save over 25 billion lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent to taking over 3 million cars off the road.
Fill the Dishwasher
Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Save 100 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year.
Use Recycled Paper
Make sure your printer paper is 100% post consumer recycled paper. Save 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide per ream of paper.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer. Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $98 per year.
Check Your Water Heater
Keep your water heater thermostat no higher than 120°F. Save 550 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $30 per year.
Change the AC Filter
Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150 per year.
Take Shorter Showers
Showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $99 per year.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
Using less water in the shower means less energy to heat the water. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150.
Install a Low-Flow Toilet
Install a low-flow toilet. They use only 1.6 gallons per flush, compared to 3.5 gallons per flush for pre-1994 models.
Buy Minimally Packaged Goods
Less packaging could reduce your garbage by about 10%. Save 1,200 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $1,000 per year.
Buy a Fuel Efficient Car
Getting a few extra miles per gallon makes a big difference. Save thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide and a lot of money per year.
Carpooling with friends and co-workers saves fuel. Save 790 lbs. of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars per year.
Don't Idle in Your Car
Idling wastes money and gas, and generates pollution and global warming causing emissions. Except when in traffic, turn your engine off if you must wait for more than 30 seconds.
Reduce & Recycle
Buy products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic and glass. Save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.
Plant a Tree
Trees and plants absorb carbon dioxide for food. Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.
Insulate Your Water Heater
Keep your water heater insulated could save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year.
Replace Inefficient Appliances
Inefficient appliances waste energy. Save hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars per year.
Turn Off Water While Brushing Your Teeth
You can save 25 gallons of water each month.
Use a Push Mower
Use your muscles instead of fossil fuels and get some exercise. Save 80 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.
Even when electronic devices are turned off, they use energy. Save over 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $256 per year. When you think a TV & game console are off, together their standby consumption can equal a 100 watt light bulb running continuously.
Instead of turning up the heat in your home, wear more clothes. Save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $250 per year.
Insulate Your Home
Make sure your walls and ceilings are insulated. Save 2,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $245 per year.
Air Dry Your Clothes
Line-dry your clothes in the spring and summer instead of using the dryer. Save 700 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $75 per year.
Switch to a Tankless Water Heater
Your water will be heated as you use it rather than keeping a tank of hot water. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $390 per year.
Switch to Double Pane Windows
Double pane windows keep more heat inside your home so you use less energy. Save 10,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $436 per year.
Buy Organic Food
Organic foods are produced using no synthetic chemicals.
Bring Cloth Bags to the Market
Using your own cloth bag instead of plastic or paper bags reduces waste and requires no additional energy.
Turn off Your Computer
Shut off your computer when not in use, and save 200 lbs. of carbon dioxide. Conserve energy by using your computer's "sleep mode" instead of a screensaver.
Be a Meat Reducer
The average American diet contributes an extra 1.5 tons of greenhouse gases per year compared with a vegetarian diet. Reducing meat intake makes a difference.
Get Smart about Plastic
2.5 million individual plastic water bottles are thrown away every hour in the U.S. Start using a reusable water bottle and remember to recycle!