Have you ever wondered what your carbon footprint is? The EPA's carbon calculator makes it easy to figure out. You'll need an estimate of how much fuel you have consumed over a given time period - say one year - and your utility bills for the same timeframe. Enter your gallons of fuel and or KhW of electricity into the carbon calculator to find out what your greenhouse gas equivalency is.
Once you have figured out what your contribution to global warming is you can then discover ways to make reductions through purchasing and lifestyle choices. Lastly, you can offset the remainder by buying carbon offsets, which are donations to companies that either sequester carbon or prevent it from entering into the atmosphere in the first place. Examples of these projects are methane capture, wind mill manufacturing, efficient wood stoves in third world nations, etc.
The average American produces roughly 20 tons of greenhouse gasses every year. Globally, our civilization is producing nearly 40 billion tons of greenhouse gasses every year. Sadly, despite all the education and growing awareness about the dangers of runaway global warming, 2017 set a new record for amount of greenhouse gasses emitted by humanity. Every decision each of us make has an impact. Discover what yours is and see if there are ways to improve upon it for next year.
Find the EPA's Carbon Calculator HERE.