Reduce the Size of Your Carbon Footprint
A carbon footprint is a meaure of how much carbon dioxide you personally generate per year. To accurately measure your carbon footprint, go to http://epa.gov/climatechange /emissions/ind_calculator.html. It will lead you step by step through a quiz that will give you an idea of the size of your carbon footprint.
If you’re like most Americans, you’re personally responsible for approximately 20 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. But you can reduce your shoe size:
l Use a push mower. If you do use a power mower, use a mulching mower to reduce grass clippings. l Compost your food and yard waste. l Clean air filters regularly and tune up your heating and cooling equipment annually. l Recycle your newspapers, beverage containers, paper and other goods. l Replace conventional lightbulbs with ENERGY STAR bulbs. l Seal and insulate your home. l Get a home energy audit. l Buy green power or modify your house to generate your own. Install solar panels. l Look for products with EPA's WaterSense label. l Water your lawn and landscaping only when needed, and do it during the coolest part of the day. Turn the water off while shaving or brushing teeth. Do not use your toilet as a waste basket Repair all toilet and faucet leaks right away.