http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emi...alculator.htmlEPA has developed tools to help individuals (and households) reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take action. Businesses and organizations interested in educating their employees and members about what they can do at home to help protect our climate can also use these tools.
Use this online calculator to obtain an estimate of your personal greenhouse gas emissions or your family’s greenhouse gas emissions. Then move on to the next section of the calculator to explore actions you and/or your family can take to lower your emissions while reducing your energy and waste disposal costs. For each action you choose to take, the calculator displays the amount of emissions you could avoid and how that amount relates to your total emissions.
How did you guys do?
My emissions before doing any changes was 34,243 pounds with a family of five.
Whether or not you believe in global warming, do you do anything green? Have you changed your lifestyle in the past few years to reduce your garbage, recycling, paper useage, driving, etc? Did you buy a new energy efficient appliance? A car with better gas mileage?
We recycle anything and everything that has a triangle on it. We shred and recycle our bills and junk mail, recycle newspapers. We take all our grocery bags back to the store or reuse them or recycle them. Never trash them.
I feel pretty good about our driving. I barely drive 150 miles a week. It's usually less, even though I'm a soccer/softball mom. My car gets about 32 miles/gallon. I'm good with that.
Our electric bill rarely gets above $110/month. And our heating bill is never more than $80/month.
I do wish I took public transportation more often (or that my husband did!), but we walk quite a bit, and combine all our errands to reduce our car trips.
I live in the land of composters and people who flush their rainwater here in Portland....I look like a consumption slut next to the hippies around me. How are things in your area? Is your area recycling-friendly?