What’s Your Carbon Footprint?
This phrase is tossed around but do you know what “Carbon Footprint” means?
Understanding what your carbon footprint is puts a whole new meaning to consumer spending. Did you know that every time a purchase is made, a carbon footprint is either advanced further or not, depending on what you buy?
One example is buying locally sourced products and goods. Buying local has everything to do with where a product was made and where the products were sourced to make that product. If a local product is purchased, chances are it wasn't trucked across the country. Buying local helps keep tax dollars within your municipality and helps local businesses.
The same goes for building a house. The building certification provided by US Green Building Council (USGBC) gives points for buying/sourcing locally made products. Not only does this give points, but think fewer carbon emissions are created by purchasing locally made/built products since trucks driving long distances weren’t used in the process. Did you know that homes are the biggest contributor to green house gases. So every home with high energy bills is a contributor!
This growing field of study has expanded exponentially as consumers now understand how carbon emissions and ensuing carbon footprints can be reduced by buying local products, purchasing from the small businesses that are not franchised chains.
Reducing my carbon footprint has been a 6 year process in the making. Every time my electricity bill drops, I reduce the carbon released into the atmosphere from my house. In simple terms, reduce your electric bill, monthly gas for your car, and buy local products.
Having recently purchased an electric vehicle, my carbon footprint dropped exponentially! ZERO emissions are produced from my electric vehicle. There are also only 17 moving parts so maintenance and the cost thereof is also reduced as I'm not changing oil or other fluids required by gas burning vehicles, thereby eliminating the purchase of vehicle products. As more electric vehicles are purchased, countless households are reducing their footprint.
If you would like to learn what you can do to lower your carbon footprint, check out this handy Carbon Footprint calculator!
Learn what you can do to leave this world a better place for future generations. For me, I know my grandkids will appreciate my efforts!