Monday, August 1, 2011

How to Reduce Your Carbon Emissions - The Environmental Guide For Lazy People

The question of how to reduce your carbon emissions has some far reaching consequences. The bleak predictions by scientists on sea level changes and climate shifts have motivated many of us to find ways to reduce carbon emissions. While you want to do your part, buying a Prius, biking to work, and becoming vegan may not be an option. Or if you're at all like me, they sound like an awful lot of work, money and time. Luckily, there are small things we can do that have a big impact on carbon emissions. And best of all, they are so simple even the laziest among us can manage.

1. Check Your Tire Pressure (Potential carbon emissions reduction of:More than 1,100 pounds per year)

Every gallon of gasoline consumed by a vehical produces 19.18lbs of CO2.Most of us will use at least a  gallon every day, unleashing as much as 34,000 pounds of Carbon dioxide per year. Keeping your tires inflated properly can increase your gas mileage up to 3.3 percent, which comes out to a reduction of more than 1,100 pounds per year.

2. Give Someone Some Money (Potential carbon emissions reduction of: How much money do you have?)

Organizations like Carbonfund.org will gladly accept your excess cash and work some magic to turn it into a carbon reduction. They do this by redistributing the money to programs that reduce carbon, such as fuel efficiency programs, reforestation projects, and energy efficiency projects. That's right, you can turn those Washington's in your wallet back into trees.

3. Change a Light Bulb (Potential carbon emissions reduction of: more than 131 lbs of carbon per light bulb)

 A single 100W incandescent bulb on  four hours a day produces 138.89 lbs of carbon per year, and the average home has more than 40 light bulbs. While not all of them are in use at once (if they are then you are not off to very good start at reducing your carbon emissions), if you run an average of 15 bulbs for four hours per day you are producing more than 2,070 pounds of CO2 a year. Switching to a 12 watt LED light bulb, which emits the same amount of light as a 75W incandescent uses, produces only 7.33 lbs of carbon per year. That doesn't even include emissions saved in manufacturing; LEDs need only be replaced once every 20 to 30 years.

4. Bring Your Own Bottle (Potential carbon emissions reduction of: Hundreds of pounds per year)

The production of single plastic bottle produces more than 1 pound of CO2. That's a lot of carbon for a bottle you will use once, then throw away. Fill a bottle at home and bring it with you. It's a lot cheaper too.

There are literally hundreds of ways to reduce your carbon emissions, but hopefully this is enough to get you started. What steps do you take to reduce your carbon footprint? Let us know in the comments below.

Check out some of our other posts for more tips on the environment, LED lighting and more.

-KS

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