3 - 2014

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in 3 Easy Steps!

carbon-footprintReducing Your Carbon Footprint in 3 Easy Steps!

Saving money is a subject that is more important than ever. While it is true that the unemployment rate is lower than it has been since the recession, it is also true that many people are still bound by the chains of the part-time job economic crisis. As a result of this fact, most families are consistently searching for ways to reduce the amount of money that they spend. In addition to this, many of these families are interested in engaging in activities that not only allow them success in saving money, but, also reduce their carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases that are produced to support the activities that you engage in on a regular basis. Those greenhouse gases have been found to have a detrimental impact on our environment and contribute immensely to global warming. It is the personal responsibility of each of us to not only learn how to save a few dollars, but, to also save the world in which we reside. In this manual, you will learn 3 easy steps that will help you in both saving money and effectively reducing your carbon footprint.

One person has the potential to make a difference in the world. By taking small steps of action, it is possible to drastically reduce your carbon footprint on the planet. If each person takes these action steps, collectively, we have the potential to have a strong, positive impact when it comes to global-based climate change. By taking these small, but highly effective, action steps, you may also engage in the act of saving money. If you want to change your financial status and change the world at the same time, simply take the following 3 steps:

  1. The first step to saving money and reducing your carbon footprint is to replace all of the regular light bulbs in and around your home with a compact fluorescent bulb. According to statistics, most incandescent or traditional bulbs cost approximately .50 and last for about 1,000 hours. Energy-Star compact fluorescent bulbs cost approximately $1.50, but, have the potential to last approximately 10,000 hours. This means, essentially, that for every compact fluorescent bulb that you buy, you would have to buy 10 traditional bulbs. That is a lot of traditional bulbs! Not only will you save money by using fluorescent bulbs initially, but, you will also save money on the energy consumption that occurs with these bulbs. In fact, most analysts agree that a savings of anywhere from $57.00 to $74.00 may occur over the life usage of a compact fluorescent bulb. Furthermore, the average compact fluorescent bulb saves approximately 150 pounds of the carbon dioxide substance from entering the atmosphere each and every single year. Making this simple switch will put more cash in your wallet and less carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere.
  2. The next step to saving money while reducing your carbon footprint is to drive your vehicle less. It has been established that each mile driven pollutes the earth’s atmosphere with approximately 1 pound of the carbon dioxide substance. Not only that, but, the gas prices are currently running between $2.50 and $4.00 a gallon in the United States. You should strive to walk, ride a bike, join a carpool, or even use a mass transit or a local bus system. In doing so, you will save money on the amount that you spend on fuel, wear and tear on your vehicle, and will quickly eliminate the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere each day.
  3. The next step to saving money and reducing your carbon footprint is to pay attention to the thermostat that is responsible for regulating the temperature within your home. This is one of the biggest sources of carbon dioxide pollution and high electrical costs. In the winter months, you should keep the thermostat set at 68°F or lower. In the summer months, the thermostat should be kept at 78°F or higher. By making a change of just 1 degree on your thermostat, you could eliminate 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering into our planet’s atmosphere, annually.

There are several methods for saving money that will also assist in reducing your carbon footprint. Changing the type of light bulb that you use, changing how often you use your vehicle for transportation purposes, and keeping tabs on your thermostat in your home are among the most costly, yet significant, action steps that may be taken. You have the ability to not only change your personal life and the lives of those that you love, but, you also have the ability to make a true difference in the world – one step at a time.

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