A Carbon Footprint is a measure of the effect you have on the climate in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases you produce (measured in units of carbon dioxide). Many of your daily activities generate carbon emissions, which have an impact on the health of the environment.
Eating breakfast, driving to work, vacationing, and recycling all have an impact on each person’s carbon footprint. Some activities, such as using gas guzzling vehicles, increase a carbon footprint. Some activities, such as recycling, reduce a carbon footprint.
One step in helping to fight climate change, and become a responsible planet caretaker, is reducing one’s carbon footprint where and when possible. Some activities, such as recycling newspapers, are pretty easy. Some, like carpooling, may take a little initial effort, but can pay off after a short while. Others, such as home environment costs, may be a bit harder to control, but longer term investments, such as Energy Star heating and cooling systems, pay off in the long run.
Getting Started allows you to select household member size and other demographic information. Next is Home Energy. Under this heading, one selects the best choice to indicate what changes one has made in lighting, heating, and hot water use. You also indicate housing details.
The next category is Driving and Flying. Obviously, the less vehicle use, the lower the footprint. Here you check off car maintenance and upkeep.
Finally, the Results give you a breakdown of you eco-friendly (or not) lifestyle and a comparison chart for average people with your similar demographic components.
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