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.
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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.
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.
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?
Wasting water is something us humans tend to do often. We do it without even realizing it, and each year we waste more and more water. I’ve done some research and here are some facts that I have discovered.
1. Americans now use more than 127% more water than we did in 1950.
2. About 95% of the water entering our homes goes down the drain.
3. Running the tap while brushing your teeth can waste up to 4 gallons.
4. 5.Leaky faucets that drip at the rate of one drop per second can waste up to 2,700 gallons of water each year.
5. About five gallons of water is used in the shower per minute. This means that a 10 minute shower uses 50 gallons of water.
To sum it all up, thousands of gallons of water is wasted daily. There are ways to help stop the growth of water wasting. While you brush your teeth, turn off the tap. For your shower, consider getting a timed shower head. If you don’t want to do that, when shaving your legs, turn off the water. There are many other ways that you can easily help stop the spread of water wasting.
Most of my carbon emission was generated by transportation, but I could not think of a practical way to reduce how much I travel as I live so far from my school. Instead, I decided I would reduce carbon in my home by switching some of my incandescent light bulbs to the more Eco friendly CFL light bulbs. Even still, the cost of regular light bulbs is much cheaper than that of the CFL light bulbs and I cannot therefore replace all of the bulbs. This is a problem that I believe can be solved by people being aware of this problem and mass producing the more expensive bulbs to cut down on costs.