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This is a discussion forum associated with the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC).

Many students using our footprint calculator said that they couldn't pledge to reduce their home footprints because they weren't making the decisions for the household. Here's your chance to design your own sustainable virtual household!

If you had your own home, what would you do to make it more energy efficient? …where would you get your electricity from? …where would your house be? …would you live near to your school or work or local transit options? …where would you get your food from?
 
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Lauren H - USA, Oct. 6, 2013

Here are some ways that I would make my house energy efficient:
1) I would build my house near my school and near common stores that I go to often such as the grocery store, the mall, and various restaurants.
2) I would install solar panels in the roof of my house to get energy from the sun rather than powering my house by gas or electricity.
3) I would make a garden in my backyard and grow fruit and vegetable trees such as tomato trees, orange trees, lemon trees, etc. I would get the rest of my food from a local grocery store (which I would conveniently build my house by), and on the weekends I would try to get various foods from farmers markets.
4) I would use only CFL’s not incandescent light bulbs.
5) I would have lots of windows in rooms that I go into often, such as the kitchen, my bedroom, and the living room; this would eliminate the use of light bulbs during the day since these rooms would have plenty of natural light.
6) I would install motion sensors in the kitchen, living room, and bedrooms; the motion sensor would detect motion in the room and would turn the lights on when a person is in the room, and they would turn off when they sense that the person has left.
I think these actions would definitely lower a person’s carbon footprint. What are your thoughts?

Lauren H - USA
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  • Lauren H - USA Lauren H - USA Oct. 6, 2013
    Here is a link with tips for a more “green” and eco friendly house:
    http://m.wikihow.com/Create-an-Eco-Friendly-House
  • Anna C-USA Anna C-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    Lauren - I think these are great ideas to make your house more energy efficient! You can decrease your amount of carbon emission through transportation so much by living near to places you commonly go, making walking and biking an easy way to get where you're going. I love your idea of using windows for natural light, that's one I haven't seen yet and is so simple and easy for everyone to try! You could even open up your windows when the weather is nice outside to get some cool, fresh air, rather than using energy to air condition your house.
  • Lilli S-USA Lilli S-USA Oct. 7, 2013
    I actually never thought about what a difference it makes to live near places that you commonly go. I live down the street from where I used to attend elementary school. I would walk to and from school everyday when I went there. Thinking back on it, I spent seven years at that school and never used a car to get there unless it was raining. Simple things like walking to places instead of using a car can actually make a really big difference. Thank you for mentioning that in your post, I had never thought of what a difference it might have made when I didn't take a car to school everyday.

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Caite R-USA, Oct. 6, 2013

Hi guys! After reading an article about Eco-friendly homes, which I attached below, I read that there are actually many ways to make your home Eco-friendly. There are even home appliances such as Energy Star appliances that can reduce your home energy consumption by 40%. If you think about it, that is totally worth it! When building your home, you can also use special wood from forests that are actively being renewed. this is great because then you don’t have to worry as much about all of the trees you are cutting down. This article gives you 10 different ways to make your home Eco-friendly. Check it out!

http://www.55places.com/blog/10-features-eco-friendly-homes
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Chloe R-USA, Oct. 6, 2013

If I were to build my home, the structure would be made out of bamboo. Bamboo is a better source to build homes out of because bamboo is a grass, and if you cut down bamboo it will grow back, just like your lawn. Also bamboo only take three years to mature while trees take at least 30 years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vVvxJdQSEs
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  • Isabella S-US Isabella S-US Oct. 6, 2013
    This is great idea! I hadn't read about this one yet, and it makes a lot of sense. Cutting down bamboo would be much better than cutting than a tree. Besides the difference in time taken to grow, large trees give out more oxygen and they are necessary to a healthy. Due to this, the bamboo would be better and not deprive the earth of as many necessary nutrients.

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Liz M-USA, May 16, 2013

If I had my own home I would have it be close to school/work so that the commute would be shorter. I would instal solar panals on the roof and try to only use the energy that those give me. I would try to dry my clothing outside as much as possible so that I wouldn’t have to use the dryer very much. I would use fluorescent light bulbs, even though they are more expensive in the beginning they will be worth it because they last a lot longer. I will try to get appliances that are advertised as more environmently friendly and I would try to get my friends to do the same. In my environmental systems class we started designing a “green” house. It was much harder than I originally thought it would be. I found out through that project that you can get flooring and siding that is more environmentally friendly than other stuff that is out there.

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  • Anna L-USA Anna L-USA Oct. 2, 2013
    Another great way to reduce carbon footprint is to have a motion sensor light switch. Once you leave the room, the lights automatically turn off. According to practicallygreen.com, a standard blub cost about 11 cents per hour. If you're gone for a 6 hours and leave the lights on, you just wasted $66!! Turning off the lights when you leave the room can not only reduce your carbon footprint but can also save you money!
  • Chloe R-USA Chloe R-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    Also to reduce your carbon footprint is to simply turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth. The average person brushes their teeth about 4 minutes a day, if you leave the faucet on for those 4 minutes you have just wasted 10 gallons. This may no seem like much but it adds up. If you just turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth you alone could save over 3,650 gallons a year. And in a family of four that could be over 14,600 gallons a year.
  • Isabella S-US Isabella S-US Oct. 6, 2013
    Yes! Many Americans don't realize how much water they use, and cutting down on that insane amount of wasted water would be a huge improvement in the conservation of water.

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Kaitlin Brennan, May 14, 2013

This year in my AP Environmental Class we were assigned a project to create an “Eco Dram House.” We had an unlimited budget to create a house that could power itself by renewable energy sources and possible even create excess energy to power neighbors or other appliances. Creating the house, was very difficult and it really gave me a closer perspective on how much energy a typical house uses. I forgot about the energy that every little device uses such as hair dryers, iHomes, and DVD players, let alone large appliances such as dishwashers, laundry machines, and kitchen appliances. It was a very cool project that allowed me to be creative but practical at the same time.

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  • Aziz T-Italy Aziz T-Italy May 16, 2013
    Hello kaitlin! My name is Aziz live in Italy. your project and really interesting, often consume a lot of energy without realizing it.
  • Choki Valle-USA Choki Valle-USA Oct. 3, 2013
    Wow!Thats a really cool project. Just like you, when I took my carbon footprint, I didn't realize how much energy we really use. We can save energy by even doing little things like turning the lights off when you aren't in the room or throw your plastic bottle in the recycle not the trash.

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Aziz T-Italy, May 14, 2013

Hi guys! My name is Aziz and i think that you should greatly reduce CO2 emissions to lower the environmental impact .There are various solutions as to use fluorescent bulbs or reduce the garbage for week and maybe in the future to use cleaner forms of energy such as buying solar panels.

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  • Kaitlin Brennan Kaitlin Brennan May 14, 2013
    I agree! The fluorescent bulbs and garbage reduction are easy and inexpensive ways to reduce CO2 emissions. However solar panels and other forms of renewable energy sources are expensive. I wish there was a way to create renewable energy sources that are easily accessible and inexpensive, this would certainly encourage less CO2 emissions across the globe.

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Katelyn P-USA, May 2, 2013

Solar panels provide steady, reliable energy, but only on days when the sun is out. A person who relies mostly on solar power in their homes also needs another source when there is NO sun. Wind energy works well to provide clean energy.

Katelyn P-USA
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 3, 2013
    the combination is effective, there is usually either wind or sun if not both.

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Abigail H-USA, May 2, 2013

Hi, I’m Abigail from the United States and I recently found that my family produces a lot of carbon dioxide emissions at my house, even though it is lower than the average for the United States. Some things that we are planning to do to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is to switch all of our incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent light bulbs, because we have 90 light bulbs within our house and most of them are on for at least an hour a day. Another thing that we are trying to do is to reduce our trash per a week (since it’s at 13 gallons per a week), because recycling recyclable objects is crucial to helping the Earth.

Abigail H-USA
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  • Caite R-USA Caite R-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    That's great! There are tons of other ways for you and your family to reduce your carbon footprint! You could carpool to work or school, and you can make sure that you try to use as many Energy- Star appliances as possible. Plus, if you try to recycle as much as possible, you can really make an impact! here's a link to give you some ideas! http://www.carbonfund.org/reduce

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Anke H-USA, May 2, 2013

Although solar panels only play a part in generating electricity for a typical American home, I will still prefer to install them on my house roof because I believe that even a small change for the better will be a very helpful favor towards the Earth. I also will do my best to buy a house near my school/local transit options as that may save me from driving there and producing much more carbon dioxide than necessary. I would also prefer to be as close as possible to my local grocery store as locally grown food would be free of all the carbon dioxide produced from shipping other foods that are not locally grown to the required selling places. In short, I wish to have solar panels installed on my house’s roof and a house that is close to my grocery store/school/local transit options.

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Louis Lam, March 10, 2013

Hello, my name is Louis Lam and I am a senior at Oakland High School. Recently, I have realized that family footprint contributes greatly to carbon emission. In order to conserve energy and lessen the amount of Co2 emitted, we should speak to our families. Taking the time to educate our families for a mere minute can cause a huge difference. A few ways to lower carbon emission can be turning off lights when not used, and going out more.

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  • Liz  M-USA Liz M-USA May 16, 2013
    I totally agree. It may seem like something small and insignificant, but you never know how much it could change things in the long run. Turning off the lights when you leave a room is a good idea too. Maybe if your family saw you doing that they would try to do it too.

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