A carbon footprint is based on the
amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that a person contributes to the environment
each year. This is calculated from how many miles you drive on an annual basis
to your electricity usage and various other factors. There are a wide variety
of websites that offer useful emission calculators to help you determine your
carbon footprint including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CarbonFootprint.com,
FootprintCalculator.org, and many others.
A few items to gather up and have
handy before sitting down to calculate a carbon footprint are: average miles
driven per week and the average miles to gallon for your vehicle. Additionally,
gas and electric bills, and the estimated amount of recycling done annually in
pounds. Once you have all of the information at hand, take 15 minutes or so to
sit down and enter the information into an online emissions calculator. Calculating
your carbon footprint and determining ways to reduce it can go a long way in
helping our environment for future generations to enjoy!