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Family footprint

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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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kevin morales, May 10, 2012

I live in a town very cold in winter and very hot in summer, this means that in winter we have the heat for hours at a temperature slightly higher than recommended, because our house does not retain heat well. In summer, excessive heat requires us to have the fans running all night and part of the day. I realize that the expense of electricity and gasoline is very high, but even if I disagree with this expense, I can not require my family to make a sacrifice that almost no one bothers to do

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  • Giao H-US Giao H-US Oct. 1, 2012
    Of course you won't be able to ask your family to turn off the heat and fans, but to lower your home energy level, you should make sure to ask your family to turn off lights and water when they're not using it. That should lower your home energy.

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Morris F-Seattle, May 4, 2012

my family foot print is very high maybe i should cut back by not driving so much and riding my back.

Morris F-Seattle
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  • nour hwaidak nour hwaidak May 5, 2012
    Hi Morris, i think this is a really good idea, you can also use buses for transportation instead of cars. That way you can reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Azad Alexanian Azad Alexanian May 5, 2012
    Hey Morris, this is a very good idea, you can also use public transportation or bike. Which is a good idea because you will not have to walk and spend a lot of time walking and you also will not need to use the car and increase your carbon footprint.

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Martin E Seattle USA, May 3, 2012

hello my name is Martin and am from WA and my biology class has just participated on the carbon footprint challenge, I found out that most of my carbon tracks came from the airplane rides I took, I learned that airplanes give off a lot of carbon

Martin E Seattle USA
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  • John Labib John Labib May 4, 2012
    I agree with you because airplanes gives alot of carbon and you should avoid traveling that much.
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin May 4, 2012
    one thing you can do if you must travel by plane is to take direct flights if possible, and then use local or regional transportation to get from the airport to your final destination. This is because much of the emissions in flying is burned during takeoff & landing, and also because stops take you out of the direct flying path.
  • Azad Alexanian Azad Alexanian May 5, 2012
    hey Martin, i think that you can't control how many times you ride a plane, but you can try to decrease your footprint by carpooling and turning off lights when ur not in your room
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Jake C Seattle USA, May 3, 2012

Hello my name is Jake and i am from United States and my biology class has just participated in the Carbon Footprinting Activity and it was a big eye-opener. i’ve learned i need to start being more efficiant with electricity and gas.

Jake C Seattle USA
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  • Martin E Seattle USA Martin E Seattle USA May 3, 2012
    I agree Jake I think that I need to use less electricity
  • Dash E-seattle, WA Dash E-seattle, WA May 3, 2012
    Being more efficient!!! YEAH!
  • Jacqueline T Jacqueline T May 4, 2012
    Yeah I totally agree with Jake people need to start being more efficient and try to lower there carbon footprint.

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Dash E-seattle, WA, May 3, 2012

hello! my name is dash, and im from WA…my biology class did this as a project and calculated out carbon footprint. i found that most of my carbon tracks are from my house! i’ve learned that i NEED to stop leaving unessecary lights on along with water, in order to decrease my carbon footprint :D

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  • Jake C Seattle USA Jake C Seattle USA May 3, 2012
    i agree dash i need to start saving water and maybe turn the lights off more often
  • passant saleh passant saleh May 4, 2012
    Hi Dash, I am Passant from(Cairo, Egypt).Your ideas are rally good and useful and you can also reduce your carbon footprint by Using fluorescent bulbs rather than incandescent ones.:)
  • sara ata sara ata May 5, 2012
    hi dash,i agree and my foot print is also above average at home thats why i started using less electricity at home and i close the lights after i leave every room,to reduce my foot print,keep it up cause it is really important.

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Kirsten Matthews, April 30, 2012

I believe there is a difference in the calculation of my carbon with my family invovled. There are only two people in my home. My carbon usage would be way lower if my father wasnt included. He likes to leave the water running while not using it. He also turns the air on when we have fans. He leaves the lights on all day. I try to turn them off as much as i can. If i had my own home i would live in a town. hopefully near school and work. If i lived near school and work i could walk to get there. Things would be easier.

Kirsten Matthews
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 30, 2012
    There is only so much one can do to influence the behavior of others, but it's good to think about what you would do when you have your own apartment or household— which you will soon!

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Devon Polley, April 27, 2012

People often tell me I need to decrease the impact I have on the environment. My only thought to this is that it is as low as I can get it. In my house we have 9; people this is a strain on our funds so we don’t buy in excess and use as little power as we can. But even with all of this management i still have a pretty good sized footprint (if you include my job). Me and my father work in construction and to afford the nine people in our house we pick up a lot of twelve hour days. this means driving a truck that gets 8 mpg (miles per gallon) all over to get supplies and carry tools. We also have to leave a lot of tools that drain A LOT of power on pretty much all day. and once it gets dark truning on BRIGHT flood lights that drain even more power. so I keep asking thes people that tell me I need to decrease my carbon footprint how they want me to do that and I they give me no answer. So if any of you have any ideas feel free to share.

(oh and sorry for any bad grammer or spelling)

Devon Polley
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  • Kirsten Matthews Kirsten Matthews April 30, 2012
    Well, now that you've seen the kinds of categories that the calculator put things in you can sort yourr job out with those kinds of categories also!
  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 30, 2012
    It sounds like it would be difficult to lower the footprint of your family business. One idea would be to plan very carefully when you need to buy tools and supplies so that you can stop while you are on the way somewhere else, thus limiting the miles that you drive to those absolutely necessary for work. Lighting with very powerful lights can be a big drain on electricity, and in Ohio a lot of your electricity comes from sources like Coal and fossil fuels, so your electricity has a high footprint. There are fluorescent flood lights available which have the same brightness while using a LOT less electricity. The bulbs cost more initially, but pay for themselves in reduced electricity costs. The same is true for power tools & appliances, which if you buy ones that have energy star ratings may cost a bit more at the beginning, but pay for themselves in reduced fuel or electricity costs due to greater efficiency.
  • Devon Polley Devon Polley April 30, 2012
    i appreciate all of your suggestions and i will try to give them a shot
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Natalia C., April 25, 2012

Hello everyone! My family carbon footprint is lower than the average carbon footprint in my area. My highest carbon footprint area, however, turned out to be food. In the household, my family buys CFL light bulbs-which I prefer than regular light bulbs because it provides sufficient lighting in my room. Other eco-friendly solutions include, having a plastic bag reserved for used/empty bottles of water, walking/carpooling, unplugging electronics after I’ve finished using them and hand-washing dishes. I am satisfied with these efforts to save the environment because it is easy to do and it saves money.

Natalia C.
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  • Karly Boerger Karly Boerger April 27, 2012
    Those are some good ideas on “going green”. That's cool because our family does a lot of those things too so now I know I'm not the only one :-)
  • Randall Dunkin Randall Dunkin April 27, 2012
    I think that buying in bulk is often a good way to save money and to save trips back and forth to the mall or store. Of course, buying in bulk is often tricky when you are talking about food. But let's say that you need to purchase a simple daily item: headbands. If you buy them in bulk, you will not have to start up the car every time you need a replacement. And you might even save money due to the fact that most items seem to increase in cost as they move into the future.
  • Karly Boerger Karly Boerger April 30, 2012
    Your'e funny but I already have way too many anyway you could have some. Maybe Mrs. Cruz could use them. :)
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Karly Boerger, April 25, 2012

Hey everyone! My family carbon footprint is really low compared to the average because my family does a bunch of different things like using CFL lights, recycling, reusing, hand-washing dishes, buying cheaper clothes, and buying food as we need it. So that’s why my family’s footprint is lower than the “average”.

Karly Boerger
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  • Randall Dunkin Randall Dunkin April 27, 2012
    Would it be easier for you to stick with recycling if a recycling center were more conveniently located? Some materials cannot be recycled locally.
  • Karly Boerger Karly Boerger April 30, 2012
    Possibly but then it wouldn't be convenient for anyone else because I live so far away in the middle of nowhere anyways.
  • Jake C Seattle USA Jake C Seattle USA May 3, 2012
    wow i wish i could do that! i am pretty lazy about some of that stuff but i should REALLY take that as inspiration and save our planet
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Iva J-Croatia, March 4, 2012

Hi everyone. When I calculated my carboon footprint it turned to that I was an average Croatian, but I was surprised because my home footprint was way above average. I was thinking about things that I could change so I suggested to my family that we could use the CFL light bulbs rather than incandescent light bulbs. I am trying to spend less time per day on computer and turn off the lights when I’m leaving the room. I will have to think over some other habits as well, such as not recycling or not reusing things enough.

Iva J-Croatia
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  • Dubravka Cokrlic Dubravka Cokrlic March 5, 2012
    We would appreciate it if you could find and share with us some interesting green tips on reducing, reusing and recycling. Thanks in advance!

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