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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

What is a Carbon Footprint?
By Craig Schill
GreenEriePA Writer

Every breathing organism has a carbon footprint. However, people have collectively become the main contributors of carbon emissions into the environment by combustion of fossil fuels especially. Though a carbon footprint is typically described as the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, the definition has been narrowed to carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) as these comprise the largest proportions of greenhouse emissions released daily. In order to create a safer environment and to slow the process of global warming, we as people must each reduce our carbon footprints for the benefit of all living beings which share this precious biosphere known as Earth.

Whether it is avoiding a car trip by walking or biking to the desired destination or by replacing old appliances with newer energy-efficient ones, there are many ways in which one's carbon footprint can be reduced. In the process of reducing carbon output you also help to improve the environment for future generations. With a growing population, it is becoming more and more important for each of us to reduce pollution in as many ways as we can.

How Can You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?

  • For short trips (a five or ten minute drive), consider leaving early and either riding a bike or walking so no fossil fuels are burned in the process.
  • Reducing energy use at home and work by turning the thermostat up or down and using fluorescent lights rather than incandescent lights which take more electricity to power.
  • Insulate your home to reduce energy loss.
  • Drive a hybrid car that gets better gas mileage and releases fewer emissions than a conventional car.
  • Consider using solar, wind, or geothermal power to generate electricity for your home or business.
  • Create as little waste as is feasible, and recycle what can be recycled.