How to Positively Impact Our Planet: A Look at Your Carbon Footprint

It seems that individuals and companies across the nation are looking for ways to go green and make a positive impact on the planet. Though this may seem daunting at first, it doesn’t have to be. There are many simple and realistic ways that individuals and families can help reduce their carbon footprint while also saving money.

What Contributes to Your Carbon Footprint?

Your carbon footprint depends a lot on your location. Texas has more carbon dioxide emissions than any other state in the country. However, the state is taking measures to improve this by using alternative energy sources and increasing energy efficiency. Individuals and households contribute to these emissions directly through energy usage, transportation, and waste produced. Purchasing decisions (local vs. long-distance) and diet preferences (meat vs. vegetables) can also have an indirect impact on your carbon footprint when factoring in fuel, land usage, and additional waste created.

 

Are you curious about your carbon footprint? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a free carbon footprint calculator that you can use to estimate your household’s carbon footprint. This calculator asks you questions about your home energy usage, transportation, and waste to determine how your household’s greenhouse emissions. Once you use the calculator to determine your footprint, you can then try implementing some of the tips below to reduce your carbon footprint.

 

Simple Ways to Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

Many people think that going green has to be difficult and expensive. The truth is that there are actually a variety of easy ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint while also saving money. Here are just a few that you can try today:

  • Use a programmable thermostat. This helps you regulate your home’s temperature even when you are gone, helping you save energy when no one is home.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water. When possible, avoid using hot water to wash your clothes to save energy.
  • Use the power management features on your computer. Adjust your computer’s power settings to use less energy. Many models allow you to use “power save mode.” When you are not using your computer, turn it off or set it to sleep mode.
  • Take shorter showers. Cutting your average shower down by just a few minutes can help you save gallons of water, not to mention spend less on utilities.
  • Perform regular maintenance on your vehicle. This ensures that it is running efficiently and getting the best gas mileage possible.
  • Reduce the miles you drive. Try to reduce the number of miles that you drive each day by carpooling, using ride share, or taking public transportation.
  • If you are not already, make sure that you are recycling aluminum and steel cans, plastic, glass, newspapers, magazines, etc.

 

Reducing your carbon footprint not only helps you positively impact the planet, but it can ultimately save you and your family money. We’d love to help you reduce your carbon footprint by making sure that your HVAC system is running efficiently. Call us today for a tune-up.


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