My name is Martia and i live in Sweden. I predicted that my carbon footprint would be lower that an average person in Sweden, and i was right. My footprint was lower on all parts except from home. We like to have to radio on almost all the time to create a good mood in the house and i am the type of person who always either use my computer or TV while i am home. I also have siblings who use their computer, or watch TV. In short we use a lot of technology devices at home and i believe that is why my footprint is bigger on the home section.
I suppose the radio is unnecessary, it is usually on the whole day AND night. It is something that the other family members like but I have been telling them that it should be turned of at least at nights. Unfortunately I haven’t taken my time to do something about it myself.
When it comes to me and my family using either computer or TV all the time I doubt there is anything we can do about it. I would not limit the time i spend at my computer because that is where I do my homework as well as spend my time. All I can hope for is that the companies develop technology devices that use less energy.
On the other sections my footprint was lower so I think I am on a good way. My total footprint was 6523 kg of CO2 per year compared to an average of 7305 kg for Sweden, and 3791 kg (8358 lb) worldwide. So overall i’m under Sweden’s average even though it’s quite close results but when it comes to worldwide, Sweden and I still got some work to do.
I tried to compare with some results from the US and around some places in EU and I was surprised at how big their footprint was at the home section, most of the results were at least 5 times mine that is on 1390 kg and that was with all the technology devices i was thinking of how much we overuse.
Perhaps someone of you with a carbon footprint over 5000 in the home section could give me some ideas on what it is that gives you that result?