Hi! I’m Rebecca and I’m from Texas! My carbon footprint was 19509 kg of CO₂ per year. Though this is less than the average of 24300 kg per year in my state, it is significantly higher than the average of 3791 kg worldwide.
The lowest portion of my carbon footprint was Purchases, with 744 kg of CO₂ per year. This hardly surprised me; I do not shop much, and when my family goes to the store, we use reusable grocery bags, so not much waste is produced from that.
My carbon footprint for Food is 3093 kg per year. It is much lower than the average in my region, which is over 5500 kg. This is also unsurprising because my family eats a lot more vegetarian, chicken, or fish based meals, and rarely any with red meat or beef. The meals we eat are the cause of about 5-6 kg of carbon per meal, whereas meals with red meat or beef only release about 22 kg of carbon (measurements from http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/es702969f).
Transportation was my second highest, at 3658 kg. I actually expected it to be higher because I live about 25 kilometers away from my school, and I have to drive about 30 minutes to school for five days a week. This might have been because I carpool with four others to and from school. Also, I haven’t taken any long road trips or travelled in an airplane for the past couple of years.
Like many others, the largest portion of my carbon footprint was Home, which I expected, because of the large amounts of electronics my family uses. What I did not anticipate was how much carbon it used. I have a carbon footprint of 12014 kg of CO₂ per year in Home, which makes up over half my entire carbon footprint. I know that my family is constantly using electronics such as phones, TVs, and computers. Most of my schoolwork is on the computer. Just using the computer produces about 100 grams of carbon per hour. Additionally, I tend to take long, hot showers, and I leave the lights on in most rooms, especially when home alone.
Since the biggest cause of my carbon production was in my home, I plan to consciously turn off unused lights, turn off the AC when no one is really hot, and taking showers that are much shorter than my usual 45 minute ones. Does anyone have any other ideas as to what I can do to reduce the size of my carbon footprint?