Eshone Energy's Solar Compass Blog topic: The Department of Energy actually has a calculator to tell you how much greenhouse gases you produce on a daily basis.
What IS a Carbon footprint? The amount of greenhouse gas you generate by an activity or process. In other words, what impact you make on the environment measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide (C02). This calculator, compliments of the Department of Energy, lets you calculate your own carbon footprint. How much greenhouse gas do you produce while going through your daily activities such as driving, electricity use, and heating your home?
Okay, but what exactly are greenhouse gases? Bottom line: Without Greenhouse Gases to maintain Earth’s temperature, it would be too cold for habitation. We need Greenhouse Gases but… we’re tromping heavily with our carbon footprint boots and that’s making the temperature too warm. Hence, the Greenhouse Effect moves into Global Warming and that’s moved us from “we really should seek out renewable energy” to “we MUST implement renewable energy NOW”.
Okay, I get that but Carbon Dioxide is a gas…it’s hard to wrap my head around “Metric Tons of CO2”…how much is that really? The tonnage doesn’t really matter as much as what you can do to reduce that weight. The average homeowner who drives to work, comes home each evening to a household of four, and flies once a year on vacation has an average carbon footprint of 17 tons of C02. That’s not counting what you breathe out…that’s the just excess CO2 you’re using that, multiplied by millions, contributes to Global Warming. On the flip side, by taking simple steps like changing your light bulbs, driving 10% less, buying Energy Star appliances, you can cut your personal damage from 17 to 7 tons…and that’s not even counting installing solar panels on your house or business! By taking that additional step, you not only zero out your personal carbon footprint but you create a solar footprint and that footprint's good because it helps lessen the damaging effects of others. In that way, going solar helps the community, which helps the Earth, which helps us all.