Monday, December 31, 2012

Reducing your Carbon Footprint

The average carbon footprint worldwide is 4 tons. But the average American carbon footprint is 17 tons. That says a lot about the USA doesn't it! It is our job to change this and make the world a better place. Firstly, we need to change the way we live ourselves and influence other people to do the same.

Here are some tips that I believe could reduce your carbon footprint and could also save you some money:

Keep your tires properly inflated

  • Correct tire pressure leads to lower rolling resistance, therefore, it improves fuel efficiency. In the USA alone 1.24 billion gallons of fuel per year can be saved by proper tire pressure.
  • It improves your tire lifespan and leads to less tire waste.
  • Less carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.
Run full loads

  • Run your dishwasher and washing machines only with full loads. This will save hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide each year.
  • This also saves you on energy costs and fresh water resources.
Combine car trips 

  • I am sure that you all know how much pollution your car emits. I know that there are catalytic converters that help stop car pollution but when these converters are warming up, and not capturing harmful emissions, a lot of harmful gases are released into the atmosphere.
  • It is important to try do all your errands at once, to save time and the planet.
Avoid bottled water

  • 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour in the USA. This contributes significantly to swelling landfills.
  • Imaging if a person got their daily water form only plastic bottles, that would surely add up and that would be wasteful. Bottled water is definitely not good for our planet.
These are some small tips that can be applied in everyday life to help reduce your carbon footprint. I am going to post a Part 2 to this article so be sure to read that too. Thanks!

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1 comment:

  1. The issue of bottled raised on this post is so true and it always amazes me how much people prefer using this even in developed countries where the quality of tap water is as good. It is my hope that the legislation being debated by some states in the USA to have a surcharge / tax for bottled water will discourage this wasteful use of money which is also damaging to the environment.