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Three fl@vors subscribers will win a trip to Australia next month (click here for details). Thanks to Renewable Choice Energy 100% of carbon usage for this trip will be offset. How do you think about offsetting carbon usage in your daily life? What are some of the small steps you take to reduce carbon usage from day to day?
Category: Green Action




Norman Riback says ...
Love what Whole foods is doing-- and thats why I am promoting them on my site(www.SaveOurGreenPlanet.org) just go to the LINK page-& on the right you will see (in high neon green letters) GREEN ACTION(which goes to Whole foods' LINK called HOW TO HELP OUR PLANET)--on Save Our Green Planet.org OUR name is OUR message
10/03/2007 10:53:20 AM CDT
david behar says ...
I turn off my pc when it is not in use and I no longer have battery chargers plugged into the wall outlets 24/7. I also changed my light bulbs to those spiral florescent types that use less energy. Finally I take public transportation instead of driving daily to work.
10/04/2007 5:35:22 AM CDT
lisa wardell says ...
I think we should all purchase a tree for Arbor Day and plant it in our community. Also, there are a few non-profit charities that let you buy a tree for $1.00, and they will plant it for you. Plants are a great way of reducing carbon in the air.
10/04/2007 6:15:21 AM CDT
Christina Stableford says ...
My main interior electrical switchbox is in an alcove off my kitchen. Therefore, it's easy to turn the hot water heater off. I keep it off most of the time, turning it on first thing in the morning (for showering,etc.) and sometimes for awhile in the evening. Water heats up quickly (about 10 minutes) and retains its heat all day during the summer. Saves LOTS of kilowatts to turn off the "cooker" when it's not needed!
10/04/2007 6:50:42 AM CDT
Owen says ...
Take steps to offset carbon? That's easy -- take the stairs! Take the stairs up and down to the subway, take the stairs to your work floor. It's free exercise, and it's 'negawatts,' to boot. It may be hard at first, but it gets easier. It's often faster, too.
10/04/2007 7:01:02 AM CDT
Linda Dumalac says ...
While taking a walk, carry a plastic bag and those thin plastic gloves and pick up litter as you go.
10/04/2007 7:13:37 AM CDT
Janea Boyles says ...
I recently read on earth911.org that whenever an aluminum can is recycled, it's volume in gasoline is saved! Each time we walk our dog, I take an extra plastic bag, pick up a few aluminum cans and then drop them in my recycling bin at home. I have a few rules we abide by: Move the can with your foot to ensure there are no liquids or bugs inside. I never go off the road or into a ditch to collect a can and we wash our hands straightaway upon returning home. (I've even taken mini hand sanitizer in my pocket on longer walks.) Even though there are cans we avoid on our walk, I find I still come home with at least 3 cans everyday. That's about 15 cans a week. At 8 ounces each, I take pride in knowing I've saved approximately 120 ounces of gasoline on those weeks I have time to take my regular walks.
10/04/2007 7:56:50 AM CDT
Christina Peterson says ...
I have become a big fan of keeping a nightlight in my bathrooms. It's a great way to recreate a candlelit atmosphere in my bathroom without the mess of candles. I turn it on whenever I shower or brush my teeth, and find it a much more relaxing atmosphere than the glare of regular bulbs. Best of all, it is a great energy saver compared with turning on the regular lights (as long as you don't keep them on all the time.) It's not just for kids!
10/04/2007 8:26:55 AM CDT
Jessica says ...
I purchase locally grown foods. Whole Foods makes this easy by labeling the produce that comes from local sources. Less travel time in a gas-consuming truck on the way to the store equals less carbon used!
10/04/2007 9:03:40 AM CDT
Karen Simmons says ...
I'm in agreement with Norman and I turn off my computer each day after work. I work from home, so my travel is minimal. But, here's my TOP 10 LIST for reducing carbon debt: 1) Keep a shopping and errands lists so you can take care of multiples activities when you are out to save on transportation emissions. 2) Switch to or select green appliances when you can, otherwise turn off appliances at the wall rather than using standby. 3) Take fewer flights - you can save time and be more productive PLUS offset carbon debt if you make the most of new innovations in Internet meetings and conference calling. 4) Support low-carbon & carbon-paid products or companies that have already offset their carbon debt. 5) Support organically grown food producers and markets - organic food is usually less carbon-intensive than traditional products PLUS it's better for you. 6) Recycle more bottles, cans, paper and plastic. It usually takes less energy and CO2 to produce recycled goods than it does to manufacture them from raw materials. If you don't have recycling in your area contact your county and urge them to implement a program. 7) During the coming holiday, get more creative with your gifts ... gifts of service, time, or environmentally friendly products. Support a less materialistic society. 8) A low cost solution is replacing your old thermastat with one that is programmable ... less waste and more efficient. 9) Don't be so obsessive and status conscious with your lawn ... spread out your lawn mowing to reduce the number of times you mow each season. 10) I can't afford to trade my car in on a hybrid at the moment, so I greened my existing car ... I love speed, but I'm learning to stay at or below the speed limit and I unloaded unnecessary weight in the car, both of which reduces emissions. I learned that even a 10 mph difference can lower emissions by 10%.
10/04/2007 9:04:43 AM CDT
Rebecca says ...
When doing laundry, I used to wash "whites in warm water, colors in cold water." I now wash all my clothes in the "cold" cycle of the washing machine. This saves the energy that it would take to heat up the water.
10/04/2007 10:49:08 AM CDT
Sarai says ...
I bike commute. It may sound daunting at first, but as soon as you make up your mind to do it - it's not that hard. I started about 4 years ago riding my old mountain bike 5 miles each way, once a week. After a while I was riding everyday and it became my favorite part of going to work. Two years later, I bought a road bike and started commuting to work in the suburbs, commuting 20miles a day round trip. It's still my favorite part of going to work and my commute no longer contributes to air pollution....or my waistline! :)
10/04/2007 11:49:07 AM CDT
susan troche says ...
I unplug most of our appliances and lamps during the day when most of the family is at school or work. Also, I try to use candle light in the evening while watching tv instead of an electrical lamp.
10/04/2007 1:12:50 PM CDT
Sandra K. Moore says ...
Our city isn't bike-friendly, but we *can* go to the grocery store and load up our bikes' panniers. (Did you know that several companies make "grocery bag" panniers for bicycles?) We also turn down the plastic grocery bags in favor of using our panniers. At home, we use an AC timer to automatically adjust the temperature when we're at work, and are working toward replacing all our light bulbs with the more energy efficient bulbs. Also, we put all of our battery chargers on a single switch, so with the flick of a single button, we can turn all of them off at once -- great when we head off to work!
10/04/2007 1:40:37 PM CDT
ellie says ...
I use the car extremely rarely since I work from home and live close to shops. I buy all locally grown produce and turn off the computer and lights when not necessary. I do laundry in the cold water cycle and on the low water setting. We have no Ac where we live and the flowers and shrubs are suited to this climate.
10/04/2007 3:23:43 PM CDT
Eileen says ...
We do several things at our house 1. Dry clothes outside, rarely use the dryer in warm weather. 2.i use stairs at work 99% of the time. 3. Program our thermastat.my husband says too low in the winter, I say put on a sweater. 4. Recycle all our clothes 5. Have spiral florescent bulbs in the lamps 6.recycle all paper , magazines,aluminum,plastic,glass, cardboard. We recycle just about everything. Yard waste, garden recycled. Can ALOT in the fall Ride bike to work. We also recycle our books. This is just the everyday stuff. Thank you
10/04/2007 3:46:43 PM CDT
Jennifer Ward says ...
This page is so inspiring! What a wonderful read. Our family has reduced our curb garbage by about 50%, merely by purchasing more local and organic fresh foods, far fewer packaged goods (some bulk items), and starting a small compost pile out back. It's improved our health and energy, weight, pocketbook AND helped the environment! BONUS! (Plus, we just switched preschools, down to less than 16 miles/day from 60 miles/day.) Win, win for everyone!
10/04/2007 3:57:30 PM CDT
Irene Free says ...
Most "vanity" mirrors in bathrooms use 3-5 bulbs which is a lot of light ... probably more than most people need. We have eliminated all but 1 or 2 vanity bulbs in our bathrooms ... it's plenty of light.
10/04/2007 4:46:47 PM CDT
Kathleen says ...
We purchase foods in bulk and in an un-processed "state," which allows for multiple uses, less packaging waste and less trips to the store (thanks Whole Foods for your ample selection of bulk bin items). For example, one purchase of several pounds of wheat berries provides the raw material for: all baked goods in our house (we grind the grain for freshly milled flour); sprouted wheat provides sprouts for our salads, sprouts for crackers which I make in the dehydrator and sprouts for wheat grass which we juice; and, "rejuvelac," which is a health-building drink made famous by Ann Wigmore (the recipe is also in Nourishing Traditions, which is available at my local Whole Foods). The same "multi-use" occurs for lentils (sprouts, cooked lentils, lentil soup), garbanzo beans (spouts, raw and cooked hummus, in soup, etc.), black beans, white beans, adzuki beans, flax seed (great ground up and sprinkled on a salad or in a smoothie, good for making flax seed crackers/tortillas, etc). Having a supply of raw ingredients in the pantry not only saves on carbon usage, it is also empowering and fun for the whole family - my children included!
10/04/2007 5:28:19 PM CDT
Valerie Dehl says ...
I'm trying out a car air extractor that I saw at the store. The extractor runs on a solar cell and remains on constantly. When you return to your park car, the car is cool. Isn't that good for South Florida weather? Couldn't they have a big version of that for our homes? I would help the AC system and use up a lot less energy. Why don't they sell these great solar aids in more stores?
10/04/2007 5:49:58 PM CDT
stephie says ...
We try to be mindful of the footprint we make, replacing even small items like plastic water bottles with a Sigg, or using wind-up flashlights for evening dog walks. My favorite: beeswax candles for lighting at dinner or while watching a DVD. Beeswax is a wonderful air purifier. I have purchased all of these at Whole Foods, which is a close walk from home.
10/04/2007 6:39:05 PM CDT
Cassie says ...
I always refuse plastic bags. This goes beyond just bringing canvas bags to the grocery store. It's standard at shopping malls and restaurants to give an excessive amount of packaging. When I worked in retail I asked, "Do you need a bag?". When people think about it, they realize that they do not actually need a bag. We are just so used to receiving one.
10/04/2007 8:12:54 PM CDT
M Deaton says ...
Last year we installed thermostats upstairs and down so now we can more efficiently heat and cool the zones to save energy. We also regularly replace our air filters and have our ducts cleaned.
10/05/2007 9:58:38 AM CDT
Liz Lipinski says ...
We've upgraded our major appliances to be energy efficient, use low-energy lightbulbs, recycle glass, plastics and paper in creative & traditional ways, conserve water, drive our cars as little as possible and unplug whatever we can. So what's left? I realized that saving a few $$s and reducing carbon go hand in hand! I don't use a cleaning service for my home any more - they don't use the gas to get to my house and we make our own cleaning products, as well as using eco-friendly ones, instead of the typical ones that the service liked to use. I have had to become more organized, but the satisfaction in a job well done and knowing that i'm not hurting the environment anymore than i have to is well worth it. There is one other way we try to help. Planting trees is great! But there are lots of trees that are planted in local parks that need watering to survive. We attend park volunteer days - we walk to the park - and help water the thirsty saplings when we don't have enough rain.
10/05/2007 10:08:33 AM CDT
Bruce Jones says ...
I have done several things to go green. I drive a car that gets 40 MPG. I can increse the MPG up to 48 MPG by keeping proper air pressue in the tires, driving 5 MPH under the speed limit, make slow starts and coasting to red lights. Also, never be in a hurry to where your going. Each gal. of gasoline produces around 12 pounds of CO2 when it is combusted in a automobile engine. I also use Florescent light bulbs, installed a electric timer on my hot water heater, adjusted air condentioning up to 80 degress durning the day, 78 @ night, and recycle waste. The biggest thing I've done is to convert over 200 acres of pasture land to a tree farm, planting 600 trees per acre. Each tree can absorbe around 3-4 tons of CO2 each year though its lifetime.
10/05/2007 10:54:46 AM CDT