Why should you seek to reduce the carbon footprint of your car? Every year the average vehicle puts out between 9,000 – 11,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. Collectively, these emissions are a leading cause of global warming.
Here are a few tips of how you can reduce your car carbon footprint:
- Drive reasonable speeds. You’ll get a lot better mileage on most cars if you stay under 65 mph.
- Make your next vehicle a fuel-efficient one.
- Keep your car properly tuned up and keep the fuel and air filters clean. Replace according to schedule.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. Improperly inflated tires can result in a loss of 1 – 2 mpg
In the US, nearly 60% of our landfill waste is due to the disposal of paper products. We are landfilling our waste paper or having it incinerated at a high cost financially and on environmentally. The landfills leak toxic wastes and the incinerator plants emit VOC’S (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the atmosphere.
Genuine recycled paper is 100% made from ‘post-consumer’ waste. This means the paper has been used at least once by consumers, collected, and converted back to pulp to form paper products. Consumers should look closely at paper that is labeled “recycled”. In many cases, the product may actually include pre-consumer’ paper waste — meaning virgin pulp that never left the factory.
The best paper to buy is bleach-free, 100% post-consumer recycled paper, because it uses up to 90 per cent less water and half the energy required to make paper from virgin timber, creates demand for waste paper that would normally end up in landfill, and no trees are cut down to make the paper.
How Rain Barrel Use Can Help Save You Money Why pay for outdoor water use during dry days when, in most locations, more than enough rain falls right on your roof? Rain in barrels are a time-tested way of collecting water for reuse. Runoff water from your roof, which normally flows onto your lawn or down your driveway and out into the street, can be collected in barrels and used for watering your lawn and garden during rain free times. The collection and reuse of rainwater can help the environment, but there are also financial benefits for implementing a rain capture strategy. Here are a few ways you can save with rain barrel usage:
- Reduce dependence upon city or well water by as much as 40% or more, therefore reducing your water bill
- Possibly avoid water restrictions with a ready back-up water source in times of drought or between rain showers
- Increase the health of your soil by watering the yard and plants with rainwater, minus the many harmful chemical contaminants (minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemical contaminants).
1. Compost, Compost, Compost. Start a compost pile or the use of a compost bin and make the most of your food scraps and lawn trimmings.
2. Give Up Bottled Water. The production of plastic water bottles and the impact on landfills is significant. The long-term hazards of drinking from plastic bottles is still not fully known.
3. Walk Or Ride Your Bike. – walk your kids to school, walk or ride your bike to work and short errands. Reduce your carbon footprint and tone up by ditching the car keys.
4. Commit to Conservation. Wasting resources costs the planet and your wallet. Don’t overheat or overcool your home–a few degrees make a huge difference. Use a clothesline or manual spin dryer to dry your clothes instead using the dryer.
5. Turn it off – turn off those appliances. Turn off the lights you aren’t using. Switch the TV off at the plug each night and don’t leave your laptops and mobiles plugged in all day everyday. Not only will you be helping the environment but you will notice a difference in your energy bill.
6. Plant a tree or small plant. - If you have a yard, plant a tree in your yard. If you do not have a yard, make a windowsill planter with a small plant. If every house in America planted one tree in their yard, it would improve air quality by 40 percent.
7. Insulate your home. - By insulating your home you can cut your energy use dramatically. It follows that you’ll save yourself lots of money too.
8. Start Recycling. – Get everyone involved. You can recycle not only consumer waste, but old clothes can be given new life by donating to a worthy cause.
9. Be an Green Advocate. – Teach those around you – Make sure your family, your children and your friends know the importance of making small changes in their lives that can considerably reduce their carbon footprint.
10. Ditch the Aerosol. - Stop using aerosol cans when possible. Aerosol cans deplete the ozone layer. Use spray bottles instead.
The Greenworks 12-inch 7 Amp electric snow thrower is a simple to use alternative to gas powered snow throwers. Using a 7 amp motor and a two-blade plastic rotor, it clears a 12-inch path in the snow up to 4 inches deep, and discharges snow up to 20 yards away. An adjustable handle, extra help handle and cord lock make this tool easy to use.
There are no wheels on this unit, so you will need to do the pushing. This is still a labor-saving device because it eliminates the lifting and throwing of the snow that goes along with using a traditional snow shovel. By only weighing just 14.5 pounds, this electric unit will not wear out your arm.
The Greenworks 12″ snow shovel is ideal for clearing porches, steps and walkways up to your front door, as well as decks and patios. The clearing of short sidewalks and small driveways is the perfect tasks for this snow thrower.
This tool will save you money and is easy on the environment. The Greenworks 12″ Snow Thrower releases no carbon emissions, while providing a versatile eco friendly snow tool.
Five eco-tips for the workplace:
Here are five tips to help make your work environment greener:
Reduce and reuse paper:
- print and copy double-sided
- Print drafts on unused reverse sides of paper
- e-mail your documents as attachments
- edit documents on screen rather than printing out and hand editing
If you receive a box that is still in good condition, instead of discarding of the box, save it for a future outbound shipment. Simply remove previous shipping labels and mark-out or cover any previous markings and you extended the life of the box.
Ditch the plastic styrofoam cups:
Get rid of the disposable throw-away cups- the one’s you use for coffee and water fill-ups. The one-use cups accounts for a great deal of office waste. Simply bring your own cup and provide additional washable cups for visitors.
The amount of energy wasted in the workplace accounts for over 15% of total energy usage. Items such as computers left on unattended, especially in the overnight hours. Cut your energy use by switching off your computers, copiers, printers and lights when not in use. Also, reduce your phantom energy loss be using smart power strips and/or unplugging unused devices. Remember lower energy bills also mean a better bottom line.
Turn down the heat this winter:
Your heating costs will go up by 8% each time you increase the temperature by just one degree. A 2°C increase in office temperature creates enough CO2 in a year to fill a hot air balloon. Lower the thermostat and your energy bills at the same time.
Kick-off he New Year right with a these green living tips:
A new year is starting; it is now time to reflect on the past and look to the future and set new resolutions. Some of these green tips you may already know or already integrate them into your daily daily life. If you are currently not doing any of the following, even if you only follow a few of these easy tips, you will save money, time and energy. You will find that these eco-friendly green resolutions are surprisingly simple to implement.
- Replacing Appliances – When your next appliance breaks down and can not be repaired, be buy an energy efficient replacement.
- CFL Light Bulbs—You can save over 50% of your energy use for lighting by replacing traditional, incandescent light bulbs with a Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL).
- Reduce Vampire Power Loss – Never leave anything on standby. Switch off PCs and TVs when not in use. And unplug your mobile phone charger when you’re not using it. Leaving appliances on standby wastes at least 6% of domestic electricity use. Also look into the use of smart power management products.
- Use Re-usable Water Bottle – Utilize refillable bottles for drinking water to help reduce the millions of gallons in crude oil required to produce and distribute plastic bottles, that otherwise would take thousands of years to decompose.
- Reduce, Reuse & Recycle - The new year usually means out with the old and in with the new – but don’t be so hasty. Don’t let those items end up in the waste stream by recycling and reusing what you already have – one of the most eco friendly things you can do is look after what you already have or finding a new home for the item.
- Better Thermostat Use – In many parts of the country, the heating and cooling portion of your utility bill makes up over 50% of your utility bill. Reduce you bills by 10%-15% by adjusting the thermostat by 2 – 3 degrees. You can can also reduce your cooling costs by 30% in the summer by implementing a flash evaporation system.
- Buy Organic and Local – As a partial replacement to fast food and chain supermarkets, try organic and local produce from your local farmer’s market. The production of organic food causes much less environmental damage than conventional agriculture and also helps to reduce pollution by cutting down on food miles which contribute to climate change.
- Use Green Household Cleaning Products – Eliminate the use of cleaners that utilize Phosphates, which have known environmental negative impact.Many conventional household cleaning products contain chemicals and phosphates.
- Reduce Car Use and Cut Car Pollution – Over 50% of all car trips are less than 4 miles, which is an ideal distance to be covered by bicycle.
- Use Re-usable Grocery Bags – Plastic bags cause as much, if not more economic damage of plastic water bottles, showing up in water ways and landfills. By using a re-usable grocery bag, you can reduce the amount of plastic bags that end up in the landfill by 5 – 8 bags per trip.
- Re-use plastic bags— It may be hard to completely avoid ever buying or having plastic bags around, but to minimize using more you can do a few simple things. If you have pets you can keep a drawer full of these bags and take them with you when you venture out with Fido. Another use for plastic bags is using them as trash bags in the smaller waste pails like the laundry room or the bathroom.
- Composting – Composting is nature’s recycling program, a process by which natural materials decompose as a result of natural chemical reactions or be aided by fungi, bacteria and insects. An excellent way to reduce the amount of food waste that will end up in the landfill by using an outdoor composter. If you live in an apartment or have limited space, a indoor composting system may be a good solution.