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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint. Your carbon footprint is how many greenhouse gases
you release in your daily activities. Be remembered by your good deeds, not your carbon emissions.
You will need Deep concern for the future and sense of personal responsibility. Step
1. Turn your thermostat up in the summer or down in the winter by just two degrees, and
you’ll prevent hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide from being released each year. Close
doors to rooms that you are not using to maximize heating and air conditioning. Insulate windows
and doors to save even more heating costs. Step 2. Turn off and unplug your computer,
TV, and other electronics when you’re not using them. Even electronics in sleep mode
draw power. Leaving your TV cable box on 24 hours a day uses about 65% as much energy
as a standard refrigerator. Step 3. Change all the incandescent bulbs in your home to
compact fluorescent bulbs, which use about 75% less energy. Step 4. Do your laundry or
run a dishwasher only when you have a full load. It saves water and it’s an excuse
not to clean. Step 5. Eat local: An organic out-of-season vegetable from the other side
of the world may sound delicious, but it had to make that trip on a huge container ship.
Take a canvas tote with you shopping, so you have a ready – and better – answer to
the question “paper or plastic?” Step 6. Bring your own cup or mug when you buy
coffee and stop tossing an average of 20 pounds of disposable cups a year. Step 7. Cut back
on bottled water. Most tap water is perfectly safe to drink, and making the plastic and
transporting the bottles uses huge quantities of fossil fuels. Step 8. Plant a tree. Trees
help reduce greenhouse gases, and every one counts. Consider it a peace offering to the
Earth. Step 9. Don’t jump in your car every time you feel the urge to run an errand. Plan
and consolidate your trips to cut down on gas. Step 10. When you can, carpool, use public
transportation, or ride your bicycle. Or walk, proud to be treading lightly. Did you know
Cattle produce as much as 37% of the atmosphere’s methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent
than carbon dioxide.
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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

2412 Folder Collection
Christine published on April 14, 2015
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