Understanding Your Carbon Footprint

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 in Green Tip

There are many ways we leave a mark on the environment. Our actions have an impact and they are often measured in carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide, when released into the atmosphere, traps heat and leads to global warming. Learn more about global warming here.

To reduce your carbon footprint, follow these quick and easy steps:

Transportation – Carpool and combine trips often. Consider biking to destinations under 2 miles. Take care of your car and consider driving a hybrid. Take the bus if possible!

Food – Shop local. Food that is local did not use as many fossil fuels during transport. Eat organic. This will reduce the amount of pesticides going into the environment (and your body). Cut back on your intake of meat products which use a lot of energy to get from farm to plate. And lastly, purchase food with less packaging.

Water – Reducing water will also cut back on your carbon emissions. These simple adjustments can save over 8,000 gallons of water a year: Turn the faucet off when you brush your teeth, water your grass in the early morning or evening, buy recycled paper products, and use your own reusable water bottle.

Waste – Not only should be you be recycling aluminum, plastic jugs (#1-7), paper, cardboard, and glass, but you can also reduce the amount of waste you create by purchasing less and extending the life of items (i.e. reusing). Picking up litter is good for the environment too. You can also start composting and turn your food waste into nutrient-rich soil for your landscaping!

Energy – The most obvious way to reduce your carbon footprint is to use less energy. Turn lights off when you’re not in the room. Unplug appliances to avoid vampire energy. Turn your AC up just 3 degrees in the summer and turn the heat down in the winter. Consider line drying your clothes and wash them in cold water.

What other ways can you think of to reduce your carbon footprint? Tell us on Twitter! Send a tweet to @cincibeautiful using #carbonfootprint.