Everything you do has an impact on the environment. That’s the concept behind your carbon footprint, which is one method of measuring the environmental effect of your lifestyle. A carbon footprint, measured in tons, indicates the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are produced as a result of your daily activities. You can reduce your footprint by changing the way you live your life. Even seemingly tiny changes can make a significant difference.
1- Reduce consumption. Reuse items when you can. Recycle your waste.
2- Bring your own mug to your favorite coffee shop. Paper cups are not always recycled.
3- Use reusable bags for grocery shopping.
4- Use rechargeable batteries to reduce your carbon footprint by up to 1,000 pounds over the life of the batteries.
5- Try to use something other than black plastic garbage bags. The black bags can’t be recycled because of their black pigment.
6- Only use your dryer, dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load; don’t do half loads. This reduces the number of loads and energy consumption.
7- Don’t leave household appliances on standby as they will continue to consume a great deal of energy. Invest in a power strip into which you can plug them all and switch it off when you are not using them.
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