Now that the Holiday season has passed kick-off the New Year with green resolutions to reduce your carbon footprint in 2015.
1. Use alternative modes of transportation
2. Move in a neighborhood with a high walk score
Neighborhoods with high walkability scores allow residents to easily walk to local parks, public transportation, city centers, local restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment, services, shopping, schools and jobs.
3. Buy e-books
4. Offset your commute
If you’re unable to use alternative modes of transportation, you can still reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by offsetting your carbon footprint. Companies such as Tree People allow you to help sustain projects that reduce carbon dioxide.
5. Use energy-saving light bulbs
Energy-saving lights like LED and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use about 72% less energy than a standard bulb, last 10 times longer and allow users to save money on their energy bill. Making electricity is the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the U.S. By purchasing 100% renewable energy for a year, you could help avoid contributing to over 15,600 pounds of carbon dioxide (C02).
6. Use Reusable Bags
Plastic bags are made from petroleum, a non-renewable natural resource, and are very harmful to the environment. They can take an astonishing 500 years to decompose. Now that most grocery stores are charging for bags; bring your reusable bags to save money.
Recycle at home and at the office! If your workplace doesn't have a recycling program, make it a New Year's resolution to start one. You can save 2,400 pounds of C02 per year by recycling just half of your household waste.
8. Purchase a Hybrid Vehicle (EV)
Hybrid gas/electric vehicles are becoming more affordable and accessible to all. EVs get roughly 45-60 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city. Did you know that a five-mpg difference equates to about 2,800 pounds of CO2 pollution a year?