Hi my name is Troy, and I Live in the US. After taking the carbon footprint challenge I have realized there are many obvious way to reduce carbon footprints, but not everyone takes action. If everyone turned off the lights and water when they were not in the room that woud help reduce our carbon footprint’s. It doesnt seem like alot but it would make a major difference.
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Although my carbon footprint was a lot lower than the average, it is still a lot higher than I expected it to be and it was highest in the home section. I wanted to try and figure out some ways that we could reduce our carbon footprint without giving too much effort. After researching a bit, I found a few websites that gave very good ideas on how to lower your carbon footprint. My family and I have already taken some major steps into lowering our carbon footprint based on the results of my calculation. For example, we are now leaning towards homemade and evironmentally friendly cleaning products and also have started turning off lights after we leave the room more often. I think if we keep going with our changes, we can make a difference in our environment. Also, if every family attempts to make the changes we did, we could all make our earth a lot cleaner.
Energy efficiency is a major theme these days. Some people try to be as efficient as possible. If I had my own home I would try to limit my use of the AC and heater because in my house now we use our AC pretty much all the time when it’s hot and when it’s cold outside we use the heater. I would try to live as close to my work or school so that I could either walk or ride a bike to where I need to be. I would try to live in the place which is closest to the places that I most need to go to. I think that things like this should be what goes through many peoples minds when they are considering where to live.
Just recently I was able to calculate my family’s carbon footprint.
The highest contributor to my carbon footprint is transportation. It is higher than average because my truck does not get the best milage. Another reason why my transportation is high is because I drive to school and I do not carpool with anyone.
One of the reasons why my carbon footprint is lower than average is because my house does not have an AC system and my my family doesn’t use the heat very often. In the colder months, we only put the heater on at night, and in the day we wear a lot of layers.
One way that I could decrease my carbon footprint is by using public transportation.
There are many ways in which you can try to lower your carbon footprint. You can take many easy steps to help yourt family and community help the environment. You can use a reusable water bottle, recycle, plant a tree, take public transportation, or drive a hybrid. There are also many other things you can easily do. Look on the website below to see more ideas and tips about how to help the environment in your home and community.
Hi my name is Hailey and I’m from the USA. I took the International Carbon Footprint Challenge in school last week and until then had never realized how much CO2 I produce. The majority of my CO2 admissions are due to household energy. My family tries to turn off all the lights and unplug fans or cell phone charges but often time forgets. Learning how much we are effecting the environment will definitely change the way we do thing. For example using blankets instead of the heater, turning off computers when done with them, using energy efficient light bulbs, and turning off lights.
I’m Lena from the USA. Recently, I calculated my carbon footprint, and a lot of the results are a result of my whole family’s use of resources. I still live with my parents and the house we live in isn’t the most energy efficient, with huge windows and a plethora of recessed lighting. We don’t intend to move any time soon, but there are definitely ways to be more energy efficient at home. Little things like unplugging appliances and using less of the lights can make a difference. In particular, unplugging lamps and cell phone chargers are things that are easy for us to change.
Hi I’m Frances and I live in the United States. I recently calculated my carbon footprint and was shocked by the results. I have a family of six and my carbon footprint was a lot greater than the average six person family. After taking this test I realized that the amount of lights you have in your home and the length of time that you leave them on for can deeply effect your carbon footprint. I think that my family’s carbon footprint is bigger than average family because when leaving a room, my family doesn’t always remember to turn our lights off. From now on, I am going to take action and remind my family to turn their lights off before leaving a room. By doing so, we can reduce our carbon footprint and save the planet!
I have a family of five, and the amount of electricity we use in total is higher than the average 5 person household. This can be because we sometimes forget to turn off the lights, close the T.V when we are not watching, leave the computer open when we are not using it, etc. We are sometimes not aware that we leave these things running when we are not using them. We can easily fix this problem by just being AWARE.
My family leaves electronics on standby power. Standby power is the power your electronics draw if you leave them plugged in when you’re not using them. We think that just because we are not using an electronic device, we are not using power. However, we are. Leaving an electronic device on standby power sucks up at least 5% of U.S. households’ annual electricity. That is why we should unplug our televisions, computers, and other electronic devices when we are not using them. An easy way to do this is by using a power strip. It is simple: all you have to do is flip the power strip’s toggle switch to “Off” when you finish using your electronics. This stops the flow of electricity, and so you do not waste power. Just by doing these simple things, you can make a huge difference in our planet.
Hey! I’m Dorothy and I live in a house with 8 other members of my family. My family recycles, composts, and bikes around as much as we can. But, I found that our home energy wasn’t very efficient. I found that things like light bulbs and AC use energy that emits large amount of carbon in the atmosphere. I started thinking about alternate energy sources, and solar panels crossed my mind. All of my life, I have heard about the negative effects of solar panels; they are expensive, they are fragile, they just aren’t practical. The truth is, some of these rumors just aren’t true. According to earthtimes.org, the price of solar panels have drastically lowered in the past decade. And now, because government subsides have been planned to be cut down, they are at an extra low price. Some believe that solar panels are only practical for apartment homes and commercial properties, but the truth is, investing in them for your home might not be a bad idea. Solar panel retailers now guarantee 25 years of power if you use the panels for 80% of your home energy. This means that they are relatively a long term investment. Also, after investing in them, you’ll see your energy bills go down and you’ll find yourself saving money! I think if more people were educated about the financial and environmental benefits of solar panels, they would look into buying them. The more people in our country using alternate sources of energy like solar and wind energy= less carbon emission into the atmosphere!