what are the basic steps to reduce my carbon foot prints.

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    Some things you can do:

    • Insulate your home well.  This means you’ll use less gas to keep it warm in winter. It saves you money, too!
    • Cut meat out of your diet as much as you can. If possible, stick with poultry. Beef is by far the most harmful.
    • Change regular light bulbs to CFL or “spiral” light bulbs
    • Turn off all lights and electrical appliances when not in use. Some appliances, such as computers and televisions, continue to leech power even when turned off, so unplug these if you won’t be using them for a long time. Again, this saves you money!
    • Try to avoid driving as much as you can. When possible walk, bicycle or ride the bus.
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    One of the first steps you can take is to calculate what your carbon footprint actually is, so that you’ll know where you’re starting and whether you’ve made improvements or not. There are quite a few carbon calculators out there that have varying degrees of complexity, but one of the more reputable ones is the Household Emissions Calculator put out by the US EPA. There’s a link to it below, but you can find many others by doing a search for “carbon calculator.”

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    You can also tune up your HVAC system to make sure your heating and air are working at maximum efficiency.  Try using programmable thermostats that automatically lower air/ heat output when you aren’t home. 

    When shopping for home appliances and utilities, look for items with the Energy Star® label, which means the EPA has identified them as energy efficient products. 

    Be aware of how much water you use.  Don’t run water when shaving, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.  Take shorter showers and repair any leaky faucets.  Using less hot water, especially, will help reduce carbon pollution emissions generated from water heaters. 

    Also, organic foods are produced without the use of fertilizers, so buying organic is yet another way you can be kinder to the environment. 

    Many more ideas can be found at:


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    make three bins in ur house named as ‘landfill’ ‘compost’ and ‘recycle’.

    put all the paper, plastic and those materials which can be recycled in the recycle bin. wet waste like food or organic materials in landfill and those dry materials which cannot be recycledin compost.

    Burry your landfill organic waste in your garden soil to make it decompose and make ur garden soil more fertile.

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    In addition to the other recommendations, you may consider focusing on your daily routine. 

    TP made from recycled product.  Instead of using a wad of TP, try to compose the squares neatly in a manner that allows you to use maybe three to four squares per swipe. 

    In addition to low-flow implements, whenever a faucet/spigot is employed, simply crack it and rinse or clean with as low of a water flow as you can.  A waterfall is not needed when brushing your teeth, so try a trickle, or fill a glass.  As a test, fill a glass with a faucet on “raging river mode” for three seconds, then do the experiment with the faucet at “calm brook mode” and see what happens.

    Cloth napkins and towels instead of paper, paper.

    The containers that conceal some of your groceries can be re-used (jars, yogurt cups, etc.).

    Thrift stores for clothing, cook-ware, and home-essentials.

    Take a look at your landscape . . . big green lawns need lots o’ water (depending on where you live). Drip systems work wonders for gardens.

    Re-use.  Simplify.  Focus on the basics.  Keep the music going!

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