Saturday, October 07, 2006

15 things you can do to stop global warming from

15. Use a push mower to cut your lawn instead of a power mower.
CO2 reduction = 80 lbs/year

14. Buy food and other products with less packaging, or reusable /recyclable packaging instead of those in non-recyclable packaging.
CO2 reduction = 230 lbs/year

13. Replace your current washing machine with a low-energy, low-water-use machine.
CO2 reduction = 440 lbs/year
Wash clothes in cold water, not hot.
CO2 reduction (for two loads a week) = 500 lbs/year

12. Turn down your water heater thermostat; 120 degrees is usually hot enough.
CO2 reduction (for each 10-degree adjustment) = 500 lbs/year

11. Buy energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs for your most-used lights.
CO2 reduction (by replacing one frequently used bulb) = 500 lbs/year

10. Install a solar water heater system to help provide your hot water.
CO2 reduction = 720 lbs/year

9. Recycle all of your home's waste newsprint, cardboard, glass, and metal.
CO2 reduction = 850 lbs/year

8. Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket.
CO2 reduction = up to 1000 lbs/year

7. Caulk and weather-strip around doors and windows to plug air leaks.
CO2 reduction = up to 1000 lbs/year

6. Leave your car at home two days a week (walk, bike or take public transportation to work instead)
CO2 reduction = 1,590 lbs/year

5. Ask your utility company for a home energy audit to find out where your home is poorly insulated or energy-inefficient.
CO2 reduction = potentially 1000's of lbs/year

4. Insulate your home, tune up your furnace, and install energy-efficient shower heads
CO2 reduction = 2,480 lbs/year

3. Drive a fuel-efficient car (rated up to 32 mpg or more).
CO2 reduction (fuel-efficient car)= 5,600 lbs/year
or buy a new hybrid gasoline electric vehicle which gets 50 to 70 mpg

If your family did all of the items above, you could cut CO2 emissions by more than 15,000 lbs/year! (Visit the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and consider investing in green energy to help offset your C02 footprint).

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For a customized estimate of your household's CO2 output, use the following formula:

Units x Conversion factor = total
1. Estimate gallons of gasoline purchased per month. (From last month's gasolinereceipts, or number of miles driven monthly divided by your car's miles per gallon) ____ gallons x 20 = _____ lbs. CO2
2. Find your electricity bill from April or October (as an average for the year) and find kWh used or gather your electricity bills for the year and divide by 12. _____ kWh x 1 = _____ lbs. CO2
3. If you use natural gas, find your April or October bill (as an average bill) and find how many therms you used. _____ therms x 12 = _____ lbs. CO2
4. If you use heating oil, estimate total gallons purchased per year and divide by 12. _____ therms x 12 = _____ lbs. CO2

Monthly CO2 emissions from household = ______ x 12 = ______ lbs of CO2 (Annual CO2 emissions from household)

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At 12:20 PM, Blogger Ash said...

That's really interesting Pete. Another good thing about item #4, having your furnace tuned up: We had an old gas furnace in our old house and I wasn't good at keeping it serviced. I started getting a lot of headaches and sleeping a lot more than normal. I would always fall asleep on the couch that was right by a large heat vent. We called to get the furnace serviced and the guy wouldn't turn it back on for us because it was leaking carbon monoxide into the house. We had carbon monoxide detectors and they never even went off. We had to have it replaced, but it’s pretty scary to think that it was leaking for a while and we had no idea.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

another thing you can do to help the environment is not accellerate really quickly ("floor it") and then go super fast when you're moving towards a red light or stopped traffic.


At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. and then slam on the brakes when you get to the red light / stopped traffic.


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