Reducing Emissions

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

Did you know that every year in the US, over 6 tons of greenhouse gases are put in the air per person? That's the same as the weight of a full grown elephant for each of us! You might wonder, how can I help reduce my emissions? There are three main ways: electricity you use at home, your trash, and your transportation.

Start by replacing at least one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent, or CFL, in your home. Heating and cooling a house is another big source of CO2 emissions so try setting your thermostat two degrees cooler or warmer depending on the season. This can help reduce around 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

If you drive often, make sure you have properly inflated tires as this can reduce your gas usage. Saving a gallon of gas reduces around 20 pounds of CO2. Or better yet, opt for walking, biking and/or carpooling instead.

Using a low flow showerhead reduces around 350 pounds of CO2. Not only that, youre also reduce carbon emissions while at the same time, saving money. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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