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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Lauren L-USA, Oct. 6, 2013

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.

http://eartheasy.com/live_energyeff_lighting.htm
Lauren L-USA
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  • Skyler K- United States Skyler K- United States Oct. 8, 2013
    Hi Lauren! I also found that a large chunk of my CO2 emmissions came from my home. I think your ideas are great ways to cut back on CO2 emissions. I also am working to be more conservative with things like water which I have a huge problem with using excessively! I really like the CFL light bulb idea and even though some people don't like the whiteness of the light, because it is different from the traditional incandescent light, I think it is really important to cut back so I will definitely be working to replace my incandescent lights with CFL lights.
  • Elena D-USA Elena D-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    Hi Lauren! I agree with you in making the transition from LED light bulbs to CFL bulbs. This can lower your electric bill and they last much longer than LED light bulbs. They are more expensive, but overall the cost will be cheaper because they are not used up as quickly and they use less energy. CFL bulbs are even brighter than LED bulbs! People should definitely make the switch.
  • Elena D-USA Elena D-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    So sorry but by LED I meant incandescent!

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Rhianna R-usa, Oct. 6, 2013

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.

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-pros-cons-carpooling-303501.html
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Anna C-USA, Oct. 6, 2013

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.richsoil.com/CFL-fluorescent-light-bulbs.jsp#CFL-bulb-light
http://edisontechcenter.org/CFLs-Rick.html
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.)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/6110547/Energy-saving-light-bulbs-offer-dim-future.html
Anna C-USA
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  • Nora B-USA Nora B-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    I have mostly CFL lights in my house and I have definitely noticed a difference of light when I go to other people's houses! I don't really mind though. Concerning the price, don't CFL lights use less energy and therefore lower your energy bill? In this case, CFL lights may save you money in the long run
  • Anna C-USA Anna C-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    Nora - I believe you're right that it is advertised that CFL lights will save money in the long run. However, according to an article attached to my post (http://edisontechcenter.org/CFLs-Rick.html), they are much more likely to save money in a commercial or industrial use, rather than residential. This video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKu6YZra5KQ) talks about how the amount of money you will actually save when using CFL light bulbs differs depending on where they are and how much you use them. To sum up the video, a CFL light bulb will save money if it is used for many hours and a long time, but not if it is used in small amounts. Perhaps this shows that it just depends on the household and habits of your family.
  • Olivia BH-USA Olivia BH-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    Thanks for your post! I didn't realize that the EU had put a ban on incandescent light bulbs, and I also did not realize that the issue of amount of light was such an issue when deciding between incancdescent and CFL.
    Personally, I think it is worth the money to use CFLs for their energy saving qualities since lights are some of the most common things we use everyday and can really add up in terms of energy and, consequently, carbon footprint. In my own home, we use almost entirely CFLs, though we used to have some incandescents. In my experience, CFLs do not offer necessarily offer a less bright light, just a different type of light. I think of CFLs as offerring a bright, white light that is more focused where as incandescents provide a light that spills out into a room. Incandescents can definitely light a large room better, but for things like reading lamps or in rooms with more than one light, I think CFLs work great without losing that much light quality. It is simply a matter of adjusting to the different type of light.
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Xenia P-USA, Oct. 5, 2013

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.

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Victoria S-USA, Oct. 3, 2013

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.

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  • Ben B(USA) Ben B(USA) Oct. 3, 2013
    My electricity was almost zero because of my LED light bulbs, yes they do cost a little more but it is well worth it in the end.
  • Erica B-USA Erica B-USA Oct. 4, 2013
    Like LED Light bulbs, eco friendly house equipment is more expensive than its alternative products. But, as Ben B(USA) pointed out, it IS worth it in the end! However, a way to increase the use of bio friendly products is to reduce the price. Any ideas on that? Something to think about…
  • Helena B-USA Helena B-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    You are right, LED lights are worth it in the end. They last much longer than incandescent so you would not have to buy and replace light bulbs as often. This also cuts down on the CO2 it takes to drive you to and from the store as well as saving you the trouble of changing light bulbs very often.
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Steven Brooke, Oct. 3, 2013

10931 transportation
17103 home energy
9709 food
1776 purchases
i can change by recycling more
Steve B
Aston PA
Sun valley HS

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marc mangigian, Oct. 3, 2013

Marc M
Aston pa usa
sun valley hs.
21005kg home
23878kg trasportation
903kg food
488kg purchuses
i can change by not useing my car so much.

marc mangigian
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  • Kelly S-USA Kelly S-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    Hi, my name is Kelly and I am from Texas. I have been introduced this and calculated my Carbon Footprint last week. I noticed the one thing that contributed the most to my carbon footprint was my transportation. It was 8939 kg and my region's average is 6387kg. I believe it was so high because I traveled a lot last year, going on 6 trips on plane, and several road trips. I also have a long drive to and from my school, which is 20 miles. I thought about what I could do differently to help reduce my carbon footprint and I came up with taking less flights, and road trips. I could also use better fuel in my cars. Hopefully after taking these actions my carbon footprint can be less than the average in my region.

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marc mangigian, Oct. 3, 2013

Marc M
Aston pa usa
sun valley hs.
21005kg home
23878kg trasportation
903kg food
488kg purchuses
i can change by not useing my car so much.

marc mangigian
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  • Maria Usa Maria Usa Oct. 16, 2013
    Yes ,i think you should not over use it unless you really need .

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marc mangigian, Oct. 3, 2013

Marc M
Aston pa usa
sun valley hs.
21005kg home
23878kg trasportation
903kg food
488kg purchuses
i can change by not useing my car so much.

marc mangigian
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mike corson, Oct. 3, 2013

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.

mike corson
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