It is time to get to the bottom of carbon footprint facts and statistics. We are often inundated with opinions and political views that skew the real facts behind our carbon footprints.
The following are some verified carbon footprint facts that can help you make an informed opinion and take advantage of opportunities to help:
Electricity = Carbon Dioxide – like it or not, every time you plug in, you are impacting the environment through carbon emissions. Power plants all over the world utilize fossil fuels, coal, and alternative energies such as nuclear, wind, water, and solar. Unfortunately there is still a carbon impact. Even discarded batteries from laptops or cell phones can leave a deadly impact in landfills. Consider unplugging for one day, or even a few hours, each week. Find an activity that does not involve electricity, and enjoy it.
HVAC and Carbon Emissions – heating and air conditioning can make up a huge spend on carbon emissions. Try to train yourself and your body to tolerate warmer temperatures in the summer months and cooler temperatures in the winter months. Wear heavier clothes in the home or wear lighter clothes depending on the climate. This will not only reduce your carbon footprint but it will also reduce your home heating and air conditioning expenses. Also, keep your HVAC units well maintained and change the air filter with the season changes.
Water Usage – the efforts to maintain and purify our drinking water can take a huge toll on carbon emissions. Consider the treatment plants and their operating equipment footprints along with all of the various chemicals needed to purify our water. Use water wisely and do not waste it.
Sources of CO2 – the primary sources of carbon emissions are
- Solid fuels such as coal – 35%
- Liquid fuels such as oil or petroleum – 36%
- Gaseous fuels such as natural gas – 20%
- Industrial gas emissions from manufacturing or processing plants - <1%
- Deforestation which increases emissions by decreasing the cleaning performed by forests – 5%
Paper – the more paper you use, the more you are contributing to deforestation and carbon emissions. Try switching to paperless billing as much as possible, and consider using recycled paper for sending cards, letters or wrapping gifts. If possible, use gift bags and other paper goods more than once to reduce the overall need for paper. Also unsubscribe to junk mail and catalogs that can be found online instead.
Less Driving – park your car once a day if possible and work from home or just walk to your destination. Carpooling is a great way to help reduce carbon emissions while also providing you with networking opportunities.
By knowing the carbon footprint facts and statistics you can make more informed decisions and help to make the world a better place!