After being introduced to ISCFC last week, my class began to calculate our own personal carbon footprints. I found that my greatest source of CO2 emission came from my home. My total emission was 33736 lb, which compared to the national average of 53573 lbs is lower. And 13958 of these pounds came from my home CO2 emissions. In an effort to reduce my carbon footprint at home, I am going to make sure that all the lights and electronics are completely turned off when I leave the room. I am also going to encourage my family to try and use CFL bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Although CFL bulbs cost more than incandescent bulbs, they last up to 10 times longer. So, even though they cost more than regular bulbs initially, they can save you a lot of money and reduce your carbon footprint in the long run.
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Hi. My name is Rhianna. I am a high school student from Houston, Texas. When I calculated my carbon footprint, I expected it to come up as higher than the average for my region. Based on my input, my total footprint is 18981 kg of CO₂ per year, compared to an average of 24300 kg for Texas, USA, and 3791 kg (= 8358 lb.) worldwide. For my region, we give off about 6387 kg of CO₂. I give off 9115 kg this is most likely because I play sports and all of my games are a couple hours away. CO₂ given off from my home is 6893 kg while my region’s average is 9385 kg. My family and I are good about staying energy efficient. My average footprint for food is 2303 kg while my region’s is 5551 kg. This is most likely because I eat organically, locally grown food. My footprint for purchases is only 669 kg while my region’s averages at 2977 kg. I was surprised because I thought that I spent too much!
The only one of my averages that was above the normal for my region was that of transportation. An easy fix would be to carpool with people who are on my soccer team or are going to the same activity as I am. I already carpool with a senior and a freshman to and from school every day. I looked up the pros and cons of carpooling to see what others thought. The article was more directed at adults or older teenagers who have their license.
Carpooling is very beneficial for me. I don’t’ have a license yet and I don’t regularly have to run errands. I have a pretty predictable schedule so I can plan ahead for any changes in the carpooling times or pickup spots. For teens who don’t have a license, I can understand how it would be more sensible for them to carpool rather than for older, licensed drivers to carpool.
After calculating my carbon footprint, I found that my highest total came from the home category, with 9080 kg per year. I feel that this is mainly a result of the light bulbs and light usage in my home. I counted a total of 75 light bulbs, 74 incandescent and 1 CFL. After questioning my parents about our lack of CFL light bulbs, I learned that the only one we had was from a school project in which each student at my sister’s school was given a CFL light bulb to try in their homes before purchasing many of their own. My dad expressed his discontent with the light bulb’s pricing and quality, so I did some research about CFL light bulbs.
To my surprise, I found many articles on the disadvantages of these light bulbs. First, there is the cost. After doing some online shopping, I found the average cost was about $3-$5 per 13 watt CFL light bulb and $1-$2 per 13 watt incandescent light bulb. It is claimed that CFL light bulbs will pay back this difference in the energy that they save and their longer lifetime, but this is only proven true in commercial and industrial cases, not residential.
The quality of light is also much lower in CFL light bulbs. In fact, the average incandescent bulb is 64.5% brighter than the average CFL light bulb. One would think that in paying more for a light bulb, you would receive a better quality of light, but CFL light bulbs provide less light than incandescent. The European Union, after putting a ban on incandescent light bulbs, even admitted that the quality of light produced by CFL light bulbs is exaggerated in claims by the manufacturers.
Because of these facts, my parents do not purchase CFL light bulbs for our home.
While I agree with them that they are not beneficial in price or quality, I would like to find a way to decrease my carbon emissions in the home category. I will do this by turning off lights in my home whenever they are not being used, but I know that using CFL light bulbs could make a much bigger difference in the carbon footprint of my home in addition to just decreasing light usage. What do you guys think? How can I reduce the carbon emission in my home without using CFL light bulbs? Or is the high price and low quality of CFL light bulbs something that I should look past due to their energy-saving qualities?
I was unable to attach more than one link to my post, so below are the links to articles on this topic in addition to the article already attached to my post. I used these articles in the statistics and information in my post, and they offer insight on CFL light bulbs and their disadvantages that goes even farther than what I have shared with you.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/6110547/Energy-saving-light-bulbs-offer-dim-future.html (This article is already linked to the post.)
Hi! My name is Xenia P. and I’m from California, USA. My Marine Biology teacher introduced this Carbon Footprint challenge to myself/classmates earlier this week. My total carbon footprint total is 12, 262 kg of CO2 per year compared to average footprint of 9727 kg.
Transportation: 4,855 kg
Home Energy: 3,094 kg
Food: 3,724 kg
Purchases: 589 kg
So as you can see the majority of my carbon footprint is transportation and that doesn’t really surprise me because I do go out a lot especially since I drive now. However, i do plan to reduce my carbon footprint regarding “transportation” by carpooling when I do need to go somewhere or traveling less. Hopefully by doing this I’m doing my part to help the environment.
Hi. My name is Victoria. I live in the USA.
Mine My Region
Transportation: 6106 kg 6387 kg
Home: 10281 kg 9385 kg
Food: 4227 kg 5551 kg
Purchases: 524 kg 2977 kg
I was surprised by my results. I thought I would be above average because of my use of electricity in my room. I keep my lights on in my room from after school until I go to bed because of homework. These lights are not energy efficient, so they are worse for the environment. This was my highest amount of carbon. I am also constantly on my computer for classwork and homework, I rarely ever fully shut it down. I would think this causes a lot of carbon. But not as much as i thought. The only category i had that was above average was my house. Overall my carbon footprint was less than the average person.
hi, my name is mike and i go to sun Valley high school in Aston PA. my carbon footprint is a total of 11819. i feel like this is a lot and i can really improve on certain things. it is about average but i would like to be certain that im doing the best i can at saving energy. my transportation is 1282,
my home is 6268 kg, my food is 4372 kg and my purchases is 897.