Calculate your impact using the Footprint Network’s carbon footprint calculator.
Tips to Reduce your Footprint
- Walk, bike, or take public transit whenever possible.
- Share a ride with at least one other person.
- Keep your thermostat relatively low in winter and ease up on the air conditioning in the summer.
- Add energy-saving features to your home.
- Unplug your electronics when not in use.
- Eat more local, organic, and in-season foods.
- Reduce the amount of animal products you currently eat by one less meal per week.
- Choose foods with less packaging to reduce waste.
- Use biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products.
- Buy less! Replace items only when you need to.
- Use washable plates, silverware and cups during get-togethers.
Eating less meat has numerous health benefits in addition to environmental benefits. Reducing your meat consumption can help fight diabetes, reduce risk of cancer and reduce your carbon footprint. By cutting out meat one day a week, you can make a difference. Click here for more information and recipe ideas.
By eating local, you are able to get fresh, quality produce that came from nearby, instead of produce that has been trucked across the country. You are also supporting local farmers and reducing your environmental impact. If you want to eat locally, start with Local Harvest. This site will help you find farmers’ markets, restaurants using local ingredients, meat processors and more.
Energy & Water Conservation
Tips for Saving Money on Your Energy Bill
- Check air filters in your heating and cooling units monthly. Dirty air filters make it harder for air to come through your system, using more energy.
- Seal your heating and cooling ducts. These ducts move air to and from your central air conditioner, furnace and heat pumps. If they are not sealed properly they can waste energy.
- Invest in a power strip. Plug your electronics and chargers into the strip and switch it off when you are finished.
- Use compact florescent lighting instead of incandescent bulbs. Lighting takes up a big part of the energy bill, so by replacing these lights you can save both on money and energy.
- Make sure your fridge and freezers are full. It takes more energy to cool an emptier system.
- Turn off your computer when finished for the day. Shutting down computers makes a huge difference when looking at energy consumption.
- Try to buy local foods when possible. When you buy local, you know where your food is coming from. Local foods also cut down on transportation costs.
- If you are going to be off campus or away from home for an extended period of time, make sure to unplug your appliances and electronics. This includes things like TVs, toasters, clocks, microwaves, etc.
- In rooms with excellent natural day lighting, consider turning on less artificial/electric lighting.
Tips for Saving Money on Your Water Bill
- Cut off two minutes from your average shower time. Taking a five minute shower only uses 10-25 gallons of water.
- When washing clothing, make sure you use a full load of laundry. This, along with using a high efficiency washer, can save on water bills.
- When washing clothes turn the water temperature to cold. It uses much less energy.
- When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Check for leaks throughout your home and be sure to fix them.
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