Even when we make conscious decisions to limit our carbon footprints, we are still leaving behind a large trail. Small feet still leave big prints, especially in the developed world. Have you ever wondered what your carbon impact was on our beautiful planet? Most of our daily lives revolve around unsustainable practices, and the choices that we make drastically effect our environment. The good news, is that there are many ways to reduce our individual impacts on the planet and save money in the process. In the United States, most of the energy used comes from dirty fossil fuels which means that even when we choose to make sustainable choices we are still leaving behind large foot prints. If everyone lived like an average American, we would need four Earths to support the seven billion people on this planet today. You can check out your impact here to find out how many Earths we would need if everyone lived like you. http://www.myfootprint.org/
Here are some easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save money in the process:
- Unplug unused appliances. You can save money on your electric bill by unplugging your appliances, toasters, coffee makers etc. They still use a little electricity due to bleed off when they are plugged in.
- Use power strips to turn off electronics. You can save money on your electric bill by using power-strips. Power=strips can be turned off with a button, and stop the electric bleed off.
- Compost. You can reduce your garbage output by composting at home, while giving back to your garden. Composting puts nutrients back into the soil removing the need to use petroleum based fertilizer’s.
- Turn off the lights! I can’t stress enough how much money you can save by turning off lights every time they are not being used.
- Turn down the heater. The less energy you use, the more you save and turning the heater down 2 degrees can save hundreds of dollars throughout the year.