What Can We Do?
Global warming needs a global solution. We have to decrease worldwide production of greenhouse gases. Most day to day activities including driving your car, turning on a light switch in your home, and using gas to heat or cook generate carbon dioxide. As businesses and individuals alike, we are all contributors to global warming and we all need to be part of the solution. First and foremost we need to take steps to reduce carbon emissions. However, no matter how hard we try, the average person we will not be able to reduce their carbon emissions to zero. Fortunately, we are able to account for these unreduced, unwanted emissions with by offsetting our carbon producing activities with carbon reducing activities. See Carbon Offsets
A number of steps can be taken to reduce carbon emissions. These include things we can do while at home, at work, or on the road. Key to all these activities is reducing overall energy consumption as well as reducing waste, reusing, and recycling.
Reduce the Carbon footprint of your home
- Switch to energy efficient lighting. Use compact florescent (CFL) or LED bulbs.
- Buy Energy Star home appliances as well as a hot water heaters and HVAC systems.
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Make your home more weather-tight by improving insulating value of walls, doors, and windows as well as using weather-stripping and caulk to seal your home.
Reduce the Carbon footprint of your Business
- Turn of lights, computers and other things consuming electricity when not in use.
- Buy Energy Star. Look to purchase Energy Star office equipment including computers, copiers, and printers as well as a range of other commercial Energy Star products.
- Don’t print it. Do you really need to have hard copies of documents? View email and other documents on your screen and then archive everything online.
- Recycle office paper, newspapers, beverage containers, electronic equipment and batteries. Reducing, reusing, and recycling in your office helps conserve energy, and reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from resource extraction, manufacturing, and disposal.
Reduce the Carbon footprint of your travel
- Drive smart: Combine trips, don’t leave your car running, drive the speed limit.
- Carpool or use public transportation to get to work. Just once a week saves 20%!
- Decrease emissions from your vehicle. Get better gas mileage with your existing vehicle by using proper tire inflation and driving a well tuned vehicle. Next time you buy, purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle.
- Why Drive? Need to go less than a mile or two? Ride your bike or walk.
There are lots of great lists of other things you and your business can do to reduce CO2 emissions:
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