On March 2nd, I wrote a blog “Global Warming: Calculate your own pollution“, where I brought up that before I decided to go out and spend money that I don’t have to pay someone else to offset MY carbon impact, I wanted to check out other biofriendly options I could take. So, here are a few more ways I found to help offset carbon impact:
a) Turn down the heat in your home and/or increase insulation. Not only will this help reduce your carbon impact but it will help you save money too.
b) Don’t just turn off appliances and computers, but unplug them when you are done using them too. Most appliances that remain plugged in continue to use up small amounts of energy. I heard on the news the other day that billions of dollars are wasted every year in the U.S. due to the fact that companies don’t have their employees properly shut down computers each night.
c) If you are able to, set up a wind turbine or add solar panels to your home. Doing so can reduce your household carbon impact down to almost zero. Some alternative energy solutions produce more energy than you can even use, thus allowing you to be able to “sell” your energy back to the power company.
d) Install a filter on your faucet rather than using bottled water. You save money and it reduces the amount of plastic waste…even if you recycle the bottle.
e) Go plant a tree. You can do this on your own property or help out a local non-profit to help rebuild or re-beautify your area. Now through May 31st is Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, so it’s a good way to help clean up your parks/town by helping to plant a tree or two.
f) Ride your bike and/or walk to places as much as you can. Getting your car off the road even if for a few hours or a day, helps lower the emissions that are calculated as part of your carbon footprint. Besides, getting out and getting some exercise is good for you too.
Now, I know it’s April 1st, but these are actual ways you can personally offset your carbon impact without just paying someone to do it for you. Besides don’t you want to know the biofriendly steps you take ARE in fact offsetting your carbon impact? What better way to know that than to do it yourself!