How Can I Lower My Carbon Footprint? [Infographic]

By Adam P. Newton, April 22, 2016, Green

Earth Day might be April 22nd of each year, but we should really celebrate it every day by reducing our carbon footprint! Every little way way we decrease our impact upon the environment adds up to make a really big difference on our planet!

5 Questions to Ask Yourself to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:

  1. Is my diet eco- friendly?
  2. When did I last weather-strip my home?
  3. Is my driving destroying the road (and the planet)?
  4. Do I need to print that?
  5. Is my thermostat set for savings & sustainability? ( and the planet)?

Check our this delightful infographic to learn five new methods you can use to lower your carbon footprint in your everyday life!

[Infographic] 5 questions to ask yourself to reduce your carbon footprint. Learn how to be more environmentally friendly and help out our planet.

Quick Fixes To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

  1. Is my diet eco-friendly?
    You love: Meat
    – (especially red meat) and dairy. Producing meat and dairy requires large amounts of fuel, water, land and chemicals.
    Fast Fixes: Create a meatless Monday tradition or buy organic grass-fed, or pasture-raised products.
  2. When did I last weather-strip my home?
    You just googled: “What is weather-stripping?”
    which means you’re letting hot or cool air into your home, making your HVAC work harder each season.
    Fast Fixes: Plan a time for upkeep to caulk, insulate, and weather-strip. It’s pretty easy DIY work, and your local One Hour Heating an Air Conditioning maybe able to help!
  3. Your thought: “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!”. Well, even if your a very good driver ( and of course you are), a few bad habits like speeding and delayed maintenance can off set your carbon footprint.
    Fast Fixes: Follow the speed limit and maintain a steady speed. Keep your tires inflated to the right level. Replace the oil and filters on schedule.
  4. Your answer: “Yes, two copies, please”. Your office is part of your carbon footprint. How you use electronics and paper can up the ante and give your footprint a negative turn.
    Fast Fixes: Read docs electronically and if you do print, go double-sided and recycle. Turn off printers, computers, and other devices when they’re not in use.
  5. Your thermostat is set at: 68 degrees. We know Texas is hot, but you’re wasting energy and increasing your electricity bill, especially if the setting stays the same when you’re away from home.
    Fast Fixes: Raise your thermostat by at least 2 degrees, and set the the most at 75 degrees or higher. Use a fan. Invest in a smart thermostat.

 

To learn more about how you can change your life and Planet Earth, check out the Green section of the Bounce Energy Blog. And if you live in Texas, you can even sign up for one of our green electricity plans powered by 100% renewable energy sources!

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Direct Energy. Before his career in content marketing, Adam spent several years toiling as a music journalist.

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