What is your carbon footprint?
Maybe you recycle, compost, ride your bike around doing errands, or make an effort to take public transportation. But have you ever crunched the numbers to find out just how much carbon pollution you're responsible for? The EPA has an amazing calculator that gives you great insight into your carbon footprint with helpful tools that let you find ways of reducing your impact on the environment.
Just a few changes can have a major effect on your carbon footprint. Composting for example, is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment. When you throw organics and food scraps in the trash, they get thrown into a landfill and, cut off from oxygen, they anerobically decompose releasing methane, which is 87% more potent than CO2, However, if you start composting your organics and food scraps, then your waste emits CO2, a much better alternative.
Riding your bike more is also a great and simple way to reduce your carbon footprint. 50% of CO2 emissions in California come from driving. Many offices and bosses support their employees biking to work, and there are a number of great resources to help you get started. The total cost of owning a car, on average in the U.S. is north of $8,000 PER YEAR. However, assuming you keep your car and simply cut down on your driving, consider these numbers: You spend on average $1,681 per year on gasoline (11.2 cents per mile), $766 on maintenance, and $147 per year on tires. If you can just cut down your driving by 25% you'll save $648 and reduce your carbon footprint in the process!