Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Carbon Dioxide is one of the main greenhouse gases causing global warming.

While we burn so much coal, cut so many trees, and emit gases from our cars, we are increasing the carbon dioxide concentration in the air. So, we have to think ways to decrease our carbon footprint. I have put together a list of things you can do to reduce your carbon emissions:

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While driving:

  • Walk, ride a bike, carpool, or take public transportation.
  • Choose your car wisely – choose an electric car (charged with clean electricity), a hybrid, or a high-mileage gas/diesel car. The point is to choose a low carbon vehicle.
  • Don’t speed or accelerate if it’s not necessary – this way you are not only decreasing your carbon footprint but also you are saving money.
  • Maintain properly inflated tires to improve your gas mileage.
  • Avoid traffic – use any app to check which way will avoid traffic.
  • Make fewer trips – combine your errands.
  • Wash your car less.

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At home:

  • Insulate and seal your home.
  • Choose ENERGY START labeled appliances over other products – ENERGY STAR mean the products have better efficiency (they waste less energy).
  • Turn off the lights that you are not using.
  • Choose compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs over the incandescent ones.
  • Don’t set your thermostat too high or too low and turn it off when you are not home.
  • Go solar!
  • Choose organic food produced around your area – Transporting and producing food has a significant percentage on the greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Lower your water usage – choose water-efficient heads, faucet heads, toilets, dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Cut your time for showering.
  • Use cold water to wash your clothes.

Other ideas:

  • Support clean energy sources – wind, solar, geothermal, and appropriately designed hydroelectric and biomass energy projects.
  • Reuse and recycle – Extracting resources, manufacturing, transporting, and even disposing “goods” results on the 29% of the U.S. greenhouse emissions. Instead you should buy used products, resell whatever you don’t want anymore, and recycle as much as you can.

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