Today is Blog Action Day, when over 14,000 blogs across the blogosphere all write on a common topic: the environment. I usually write about money: finances, debt, saving money, frugality… and today is no different. But today I’ve given things a specifically environmental twist. And the other unusual thing today is in honor of Blog Action Day, this will be the only post here today. It may be the first day I’ve only posted one post!
I’m going to focus on the Reduce part of the environmental “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra and give you 10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint. What is a carbon footprint, you ask? According to the Carbon Footprint website:
A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide.
Limiting your own carbon footprint can help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced and slow down the negative effect excess carbon dioxide has on our climate. These 10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint are brought to you from StopGlobalWarming.Org and if you click on the link, you can explore how much your carbon footprint is reduced by taking different combinations of steps, as well as how much money you can save. I chose the 10 “Everyday Cheap and Easy” steps to highlight, but there are even more steps you can take on the website relating to transportation, housing, money, and smart choices. As I said, 9 of the 10 listed here will save you money (with limited to no initial outlay of funds), and the one that doesn’t – it won’t cost *that* much more. Depending on where you shop.
Without further ado: 10 Everyday Cheap and Easy Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint:
- Replace 3 frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $60 per year.
- Keep the tires on your car adequately inflated. Check them monthly. Save 250 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $840 per year. If everyone in the United States did it, gasoline use nationwide would come down by 2 percent. If every household in the United States did it, we would save a trillion pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere!
- Check your car’s air filter monthly. Save 800 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $130 per year.
- Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Save 200 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year. Use the energy-saving setting to dry dishes and don’t use heat when drying.
- Make sure your printer paper is 100% post consumer recycled paper. Save 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide per ream of paper. The paper industry is the third greatest contributor to global warming emissions.
- Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer. Save 2000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $98 per year.
- Keep your water heater thermostat no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Save 500 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $30 per year.
- Air conditioner check. Save 175 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150 per year. Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended.
- Take shorter showers. Save 350 lbs. of Carbon Dioxide and $99 per year. Showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs! Using less water in your shower means using less energy to heat the water which means less pollution.
- Install a low-flow showerhead to use less hot water. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150.
So far, I do 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9, and I plan to add 3, 5, and 10 in the near future. We made a drastic 5-10 degree shift in our heating and cooling (from 70 in the summer to 79, and from 72 in the winter to 67, I am aiming for 65) and we have over 30 CFL bulbs in our house. Otherwise we are just making small changes and adding them up for a big savings (and a lower carbon footprint for our whole family). You can too!!
From the M-Network:
- Blog Action Day – Being Frugal and the Environment @ Being Frugal
- 10 Mutual Funds For A Greener Future @ Gather Little By Little
- Little Things You Can Do To save Money And Our Planet @ Moolanomy
- Blog Action Day – One Day To Discuss The Environment @ My Two Dollars
- Save money. Save your health. Save the planet. Walk @ Plonkee Money
- Blog Action Day @ Single Guy Money