Methods of Reducing Your Carbon Footprint and The Impacts that Carbon footprints have.
A Coggle Diagram about Home Energy (Insulate and seal your home. Reduce drafts and air leaks with caulk, insulation, and weather stripping. Many states offer programs and incentives to facilitate this, Appliances. Make energy efficiency a primary consideration when choosing a new furnace, air conditioning unit, dishwasher, or refrigerator. Products bearing the ENERGY STAR label are recognized for having superior efficiency., Lighting. Turn off lights you’re not using and when you leave the room. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescent or LED ones, Thermostat. Don’t set it too high or low. Install a programmable model to turn off the heat/air conditioning when you’re not home., Solar. Add solar panels to the roof of your home. This costs a little more than the above options, but many providers offer financing options which minimize upfront costs, Cancelling junk mail will save electricity, which in turn saves energy and prevents your carbon footprint from increasing.,
Set your water heater to "Vacation" mode when you are away for extended periods.
This mode will keep the water warm, but use less energy than it requires when you are home.,
Plug your appliances and electronics into a power strip or unplug them when they are not in use.
Many devices continue to consume energy when they are not in use if they are left plugged into a standard electrical socket.
A power strip can be turned off. Doing so will cut power to the unused devices.
If you do not have a power strip, unplug everything that is not in use.,
Use cold water whenever possible.
For tasks such as laundry and washing dishes, use cold water unless the items being washed must be washed with warm water. This will eliminate wasting energy on heating the water. and
Shut everything off that is not in use.
When nobody is in a room, turn all of the lights off.
Have the last person out of a room turn the television off after watching it.
Turn your computer off when it is not in use. Although standby and hibernation use less energy than while you use it, turning it off will use no energy at all.), Driving (Use an alternative to driving wherever you can. e.g catch a train or car share, even catch a bus. Not always possible however as many people have a stigma on public transport., Driving a low carbon vehicle can reduce your carbon output. Especially if you use an electric car such as a Nissan Leaf. Not everybody may be able to afford them though which is a social and economic issue. , Speeding and unnecessary acceleration reduce mileage up to 33%, waste gas and money, and also increase your carbon footprint!, Keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage up to 3%.
It also helps to use the correct grade of motor oil, and to keep your engine tuned, because some maintenance fixes, like fixing faulty oxygen sensors, can increase fuel efficiency by up to 40%. and Burning one gallon of gas creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, and the average car emits about six tons of carbon dioxide every year. .), Carbon Offsetting (Measuring your carbon footprint not only reveals where you are currently at, but also helps to identify areas for improvement and track your progress. , Offsetting the amount which you are not able to avoid empowers you to take full responsibility for your carbon pollution, which is your contribution to climate change., This is not especially an easy thing to do as many people use transport for economic, social and even political purposes and Carbon offsets are a way of neutralising your carbon dioxide emissions from when you travel by air, car or any other transport), Food (Have less beef and dairy: Resources used to raise cows, especially in countries such as Brazil, generally stem from deforestation which is a top contributor to carbon emissions. , Eat Locally-produced and organic food: 13% of greenhouse gas emissions result from production and transport of food. However this is not always optional as it may be more expensive to buy local food. and
Reduce or eliminate your consumption of bottled water.
Bottled water often travels long distances before you drink it.
Use tap water for drinking purposes if your water is sanitary. Otherwise, use a filter to clean it.
Get a water tumbler (BPA-free) and refill it bring it always with you how often you want and save money), Climate Change (Visible Effects, Greenhouse Gases and Possible Changes) and Air Travel (Generally, you should avoid flying whenever you can. This includes having short-haul holidays and finding different methods of travelling overseas. and If you absolutely must fly, then economy class is the best as each flyer's share of a flight's carbon emissions are relatively less because it's spread out over more people!)