It’s the little things that you can do each day that make a difference on your household carbon footprint. The chart lists a number of small changes that can save you money and help protect our environment. Even if you don’t own a home, certain changes can be made on a rented house or apartment.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a carbon footprint as “the total amount of greenhouse gas that is emitted into the atmosphere each year by a person, family, building, organization, or company.”
The EPA establishes a household’s carbon footprint based on geographic location, automobile miles driven, type of heating fuel, electricity use, and recycling or compositing activity.
As explained in Live in a Home that Pays You Back, the “path to zero” can be taken in small steps. Every energy-efficiency measure– no matter how small– saves money and helps our planet.