At their motto is “Reduce what you can, offset what you can’t” and they’ve offered some simple ways for individuals to do just that (1). From driving your car to planning your wedding, their article “How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint” offers many ways to reduce our climate impact. Here are just three of the many areas of your life in which you could positively contribute to carbon reduction.

Your vehicle
“Studies have shown up to 30% of the difference in miles per gallon (MPG) is due to driving habits alone” states the article. By accelerating slowly and smoothly, driving the speed limit, maintaining a steady speed, and anticipating your stops and starts, you could save over one ton of CO2 in just one year. Maintaining your car and keeping tires properly inflated are also easy ways to reduce emissions. Keeping your tires inflated alone can save 400-700 pounds of CO2 a year.

Your home
Lighting is one of the easiest solutions. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) save more than 2/3rds of the energy of a regular bulb which saves you at least $40 over its lifetime.
Weather stripping and caulking are very inexpensive and reduce energy use by insulating your home. Not only will this reduce the carbon footprint of your home, but it will also help to maintain a comfortable living climate and help you save money.

Water-conservation is costless and saves thousands of gallons of water every year. Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving, limiting shower time, and other water conservation efforts will positively impact our environment. Likewise, be sure to turn off all lights and appliances whenever possible. Even when appliances are off, unplugging them helps save even more energy.
Your office
Just like in your home, it is important to shut off office lights and appliances when they are not being used. Better yet, install occupancy sensors that will automatically shut off lights in unused rooms.

Save on paper by printing double sided or save your files on your computer or flash drive. You can also carpool, use transit options, or bike to work, and bring your own lunch instead of driving out to get it.

“Only 40% of the average American’s carbon footprint is due to their direct energy use. The other 60% is indirect; it comes from everything we buy and use—goods and services. Pay attention to your consumption and waste habits, and you’ll find lots of opportunities to conserve.”


(1) “How to reduce your carbon footprint.” how to reduce your carbon footprint. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Nov. 2013.