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Carbon Footprint is a measurement of greenhouse gas emissions an individual produces from energy consumed in their day to day activities, emissions that cause pollution and climate change.  The US accounts for 26% of the world’s energy use despite that we are less than 5% of the human population. Driving, flying, heat, air conditioning, electricity, the size of your home, the type foods you eat, your recycling habits, and the products you buy all require fossil fuels and make up your carbon footprint.  It’s important to be aware of how much energy you use, a first step in reducing your carbon footprint.   To find yours out, click here.

There are simple changes you can make to lessen your footprint.  Walk or bike more, combine errands, carpool, drive more slowly, keep your tires inflated, consider buying a hybrid or alternative fuel car when you need a new one, turn off lights when not in use, unplug appliances, run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full, turn down the heat, check for air leaks, eat meat less often, compost, recycle paper, cans, bottles, newspapers and buy recycled products.  Each little step will reduce your carbon footprint, lower your energy costs and make you a bit healthier.

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dan on August 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Hi, I came across your blog and thought you might like this initiative we are running; “Make Your Blog Carbon Neutral”.

    It’s Free!

    If you get chance, have a look here:



    • Great idea! I wish I had enough readers to make a difference but I will keep it in mind. In the meantime, I have passed on your website to the social media manager at my husband’s business where we do have lots of readers. Thanks for informing us. My husband and I are in the tree business and own a tree farm, so we plant trees all the time!


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