Carbon Reduction Calculator (For a metric version of this calculator click here.)

Team to Save to:
TRANSPORTATION
#
lbs CO2/yr
Reduction
Start Date
Carpool # days/week9
X
800
Fly # fewer miles3
X
0.9
Drive # fewer miles/week7
X
83
Buy a car with # better mpg than current car5 mi /  mpg
X
1248
For a 500 mile flight, take the train instead2
205
Tune up your car7
900
Maintain adequate tire pressure (usually around 32 psi)7
250
Maintain maximum tire pressure (usually around 35 psi)7
500


WASTE
#
lbs CO2/yr
Reduction
Start Date
Reduce/re-use # plastic bags/week3
X
23
Reduce/re-use # plastic bottles/week3
X
57
Reduce/re-use # aluminum cans/week7
X
18
Reduce/re-use # glass bottles/week7
X
16
Recycle # lbs paper/week7
X
10
Bring your own shopping bags to the grocery store13
17
Take yourself off junk mailing lists14
92


FOOD (Use the % change you are willing to make)
%
lbs CO2/yr
Reduction
Start Date
Replace red meat with fish, eggs, and poultry2
X
950
Move from meat diet to ovo-lacto veg. diet1
X
2156
Move closer to 100% organics as a vegetarian1
X
3,124
Move from ovo-lacto diet to vegan diet1
X
1,848
Move closer to 100% organics as a vegan1
X
2,244


HOME
lbs CO2/yr
Reduction
Start Date
Plug computer into a power strip and turn off when not in use2
43
Ditto for home entertainment equipment2
240
Choose not to own a TV15
300
Replace a pre-2001 refrigerator with an Energy Star model2
500
Check refrigerator door seals, clean coils, defrost, keep top clear2
700
Thoroughly seal air leaks in your home8
800
Replace a washing machine with an Energy Star front load washer8
500
Use a clothesline instead of a dryer for 6 months/year9
700
Clean a dirty air conditioner unit filter10
175
Choose not to own an air conditioner15
2155
Only run dishwasher when full and use energy-saving setting9
100
Replace a pre-2001 dishwasher with an Energy Star model8
125
Raise air conditioner thermostat to 74oF from 72oF2
242
Raise air conditioner thermostat to 76oF from 72oF2
484
Replace gas lawnmower with a manual push mower6
120
Rake a one acre lawn instead of using a leaf blower6
100
Replace # 75w incand. bulbs w/ 19w CFLs2          #:       X
55
Purchase # 100kWh or ’’Green Electricity’’2          #:       X
200
Reduce showers by # minutes for one year2         #:       X
171
Plant # trees8                                                          #:       X
25


HOME (Utility Based)
Electric
Gas
Reduction
Start Date
Wash clothes in cold water for one year8
250
110
Change showerhead to low-flow device8
225
100
Lower hot-water thermostat to 130oF from 140oF8
240
106
Lower hot water thermostat to 120oF from 140oF8
480
212
Lower thermostat 68oF from 80oF in winter2
472
640
Lower thermostat 66oF from 80oF in winter2
944
1280
Wrap water heater in an insulating blanket10
1100
220
Caulk and weather strip your homeCont2
472
639
Insulate attic of a six room house8
4430
1390

Optional reductions notes (e.g. “Trip to London”, “Business”, “Project Meetings”)


TOTAL REDUCTIONS  =   0 lbs CO2/yr

SOURCES

a. http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/factors.html 4. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/mainpage/tips/default.htm
b. http://pdf.wri.org/wri_co2guide.pdf 5. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html
c. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-haul 6. http://www.unc.edu/~mccarty/lawncareestimates.htm
d. http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/powerprofiler.htm 7. http://www.fiu.edu/~envstud/labs/CO2Audit.htm
1. http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/pages/page.cfm?page_id=29 8. Gershon, David. Low Carbon Diet. Empowerment Institute, 2006
2. http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/119/calculator 9. http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/whatyoucando/
3. http://www.timeforchange.org/what-is-a-carbon-footprint-definition 10. http://www.powerscorecard.org/reduce_energy.cfm


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