While calculating my carbon footprint, I saw that transportation and home were the two leading contributors to my carbon footprint. I expected transportation to be responsible for the bulk of my carbon footprint, but was surprised to find that the home section (water usage, lighting usage, heat, air conditioning, etc.) was responsible for an even larger amount of the carbon I release each year. I was even more surprised to find that the main reason for this was not cooling or heating, but lighting! Each year, I release a total of 6663 kg of carbon due to lighting my home. Only 3 out of the 42 lightbulbs in my house were CFL bulbs, which are much better for the environment. However, if I switched all of those bulbs to CFL’s, I would only release about 274 kg of carbon each year. That is a huge difference, and can be achieved so simply. I am going to try to convince my parents to get rid of all the incandescent light bulbs in our house.
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While looking at my carbon footprint, I noticed that I contribute most in the “Home” section. I believe this is because my family has a tendency to leave electronics, such as laptops and TVs, on and plugged in. Also, the typical length of a shower at my house is around 45 minutes. By changing my habits for these two things, I could lower my carbon footprint easily.
For the electronics section, I could simply turn things off when I’m not using them. Especially the fans and lights in my house, since those are left on the most. I will also take shorter showers.
All of us have committed the crime of using a vehicle unnecessarily. Whether it’s driving down the street to your friend’s house or driving a block to school, we’ve all been there. Cars use up so much gas and emit it into our communities. Not only is the exhaust from our cars bad for our environment, but the gas prices are very expensive and keep rising. Did you know that the average American spends over 2,000 dollars just to fill up their tank? Ways to stop wasting so much money on gas is to carpool. I have a carpool with three other people for school. Also, instead of driving that one block to your friend’s house, walk or ride a bike. It’s just a block after all. I guarantee that all these little things add up and make a difference.
A large portion of my carbon footprint was from home and my showers. I personally love the feeling of being clean. Therefore, it is essential to shower daily. Especially when I get home from practice. Also, being from Houston, it is really hot and on some days you just sweat without any physical activity. I love taking long showers and they have to be really hot. Some days, I can take short showers - around 15 minutes. But then on other days, I just stand in the shower for about an hour. I know it’s a waste of water, but I need to have the feeling of being clean. My question is ‘Is there a way to feel really clean without taking long showers?’
Why is the immediate cost of eco-friendly appliances so much higher than that of standard appliances? CFL light bulbs are cheaper in the long run than incandescent, but people don’t see that, they just see that they have to pay $15 per bulb. People should work on bringing these costs down so that people are more inclined to buy the environmentally friendly products. Would people not be more inclined to “go green” if it was not so expensive to them?
As I was looking at my carbon footprints and comparing it to others, I noticed some trends about the carbon emissions. Transportation, particularly air travel, seemed to be a major contributor of carbon in the carbon footprints. I also looked at my own carbon footprint and tried to analyze what I could do to reduce it. I know that many people won’t be willing to make some drastic changes in their lives, such as eliminating air travel all together, just for the sake of reducing carbon emissions, but there are still small changes that can be made to reduce carbon foot prints in the long run. I know that I, personally, am willing to make a few changes to my life that will reduce my carbon foot print.
Carbon emissions coming from transportation can be reduced in many ways. Carpooling is a great way to reduce carbon emissions coming from traveling to and from school. Road trips are a great alternative to air travel within the same country or region. Combining trips can also reduce carbon emissions as well as taking non-stop flights when air travel is necessary.
I also noticed that the carbon emissions that occurred at home were also pretty high. Electricity is also one of the big contributors to carbon emissions. Compound Fluorescent Light bulbs, or CFL bulbs, reduce 2/3 the amount of energy that the regular incandescent use. Creating new habits such as turning of lights or other electronic devices when not in use can also reduce carbon emissions. Water can be conserved by installing low-flow toilets and water-conserving showers.
Carbon emissions that come from food can also be reduced. Making sure that food is not wasted is a way to reduce carbon emissions. Making reasonable purchases about food can save carbon and money, too.
Carbon emissions from purchases can be reduced by being reasonable when making purchases. Deciding whether it is a want or a need can help when deciding whether it’s a reasonable purchase. When purchases are made, you can recycle the boxes, bags or other disposable items.
Also, keep in mind the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. Following these guidelines can help lead to more “green” lifestyle. Reducing your carbon footprint is the first step to helping the environment and should really be encouraged.
Hii My name is Jennifer, and I am from Sweden. Everything on my footprint is within the normal limits EXCEPT the traveling, the traveling part is 2 times as much as the average co2-emissions. I fly a lot, I travel about 4-5 times a year, usually it´s within Europe. But I sometimes fly to Florida and it contributes to a big Co2- emissions. I can not give up my travels to FLorida, do you have any solution???
My carbon footprint is about 13,000 kg more than the average American. For me, transportation is where I put out the most carbon. I live about 50 miles from my school and I take the bus every day, twice a day. That, on top of my traveling and weekend activities, adds up to be a lot. The average person’s footprint in my region is 9727 kg, mine is 11883 kg in total. I estimated my footprint would be a lot less than that. I was shocked to see how high my number was.
Transportation, for me, was the category where I put out the most carbon. I am not old enough to drive, so my mom has to take me to school and then go the opposite direction to work. I didn’t realize exactly how much I drove until recently we got rid of an old car. The car was 11-years-old. The odometer read about 230,000 miles when we gave it away. That is a little less that 21,000 miles every year that we had the car. I know that with the new car, it will be only slightly less. My sister is off at college so my mom doesn’t have to drive her around any more, which should take make the average miles per year decrease. Are there any ways that I can put out less carbon through my transportation without having to drive less?
My carbon footprint is much higher than the average human and American because I live in two different places. My parents are divorced; therefor I have different answers for different questions. I had to put the added up amount from both of my parents’ houses. Transportation was my main issue because I had to add the distances between both of my parents’ house so the amount would really be cut in half per week. I was shocked when I found out that I use 27777 kg of carbon just for transportation. All of the other subjects were right on track so I think I really need to find a better way for transportation. My total footprint is 37876 kg per year compared to the average American of 9727 kg per year.