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EPA Carbon Calculator

Here’s another carbon calculator for you to try: This one is from the EPA, and has a nice feature that allows you to not only calculate your emissions, but also learn what you can do to reduce your totals through specific actions. I thought this site was better than most in ease of use and allowing you to customize your results in cases of unusual living habits. However, it doesn’t cover lifestyle choices like buying recycled goods, etc. Click the link below to get started on your test… my results are below.
clipped from www.epa.gov
EPA has developed tools to help individuals (and households) reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and take action. Businesses and organizations interested in educating
their employees and members about what they can do at home to help protect
our climate can also use these tools.
Use this online calculator to obtain an estimate of your personal greenhouse
gas emissions or your family’s greenhouse gas emissions. Then move on
to the next section of the calculator to explore actions you and/or your family
can take to lower your emissions while reducing your energy and waste disposal
costs. For each action you choose to take, the calculator displays the amount
of emissions you could avoid and how that amount relates to your total emissions.

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What is your Green IQ?

My GreenIQ is 73

Here’s my IQ:

Green IQ

There are so many different facets of life that deserve a once-over with your green eye.   This site gives you tips (and ads, you are forewarned) about how to lessen your footprint, and keeps track of your collective Green IQ score.  Not a bad way to spend five minutes, and the tips section is nicely divided into rooms of the house.

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My Carbon Footprint

My Carbon Footprint

It would be hard to properly figure out how to reduce my carbon footprint without even knowing what it is. So, here’s my result, at least according to one website. On Day One of my carbon “diet”, I’d classify myself as plump, but not obese. Obviously, car travel is the main culprit. It’s hard to tell much about a lifestyle from a number on a page, so let me provide a little background:

I don’t use any electricity at home. None whatsoever, except occasional batteries for a mini-TV if there’s something I don’t want to miss (and if you watch any network TV, you’ll know there isn’t much in that category these days!). Now, I do use a battery-operated PDA while at home, which I charge every few days at an internet cafe. And I also bring my laptop everywhere, often spending 6-8 hours a day plugged in somewhere or other. So when calculating my ACTUAL footprint, I’d probably have to include that secondary electricity consumption.

As for travel, I have a car, which I drive only when necessary in the city. Probably once every few days, maybe twenty miles a week. Everywhere else, my two feet do the job. However, as you can see, car travel is the single largest carbon expense listed. That’s because several times a year, I take road trips for work. On average, I calculated the distance as 1000 miles each way (2000 R/T). Given that I can’t just stop taking these trips, I figure that the fuel spent by road is still less than it would cost me to be taking an airplane and renting a car on the other end. One goal is to find a diesel car that can be converted to veggie, or eventually upgrade to a hybrid to lessen this carbon debt.

As for the rest of life, well, I shop at the thrift store and try never to buy household or personal items retail. And when I’m done with things, I try to pass them on to someone else who can use ’em. That’s my main form of recycling. I USED to recycle almost all of my waste, but my living situation right now (no kitchen) means that I eat out a lot. So waste is obviously created. Especially when eating fast food, which is a nasty habit I’ve acquired lately being always on the run. Yuck. To lessen this, I hope to construct a solar food dryer to dry fruits and carry them with me throughout the day. More tasty and earth-friendly! Also a solar oven to cook beans, veggies, and breads, which are the most yummy foods anyway, IMHO. With the money saved by doing that, I could probably afford to buy more organic and local products, too.

So there you have it. My carbon-consuming soul laid bare for the picking. How does it line up with yours? Let the diet begin!

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