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Your Carbon Footprint

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Your carbon footprint calculates the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by your activities. Electricity and transportation can be two of the biggest producers of carbon emissions, so whenever you reduce your use of electricity, or take a bike instead of the car, you are reducing your carbon footprint.

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How can you reduce your carbon footprint?

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  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.
  • Turn off the T.V. set, DVD player, and computer when you're not using them. Better yet, connect them all to a power strip with an on/off switch. When you turn off electronic appliances, they go into standby mode, where they continue to use energy. You can save that energy by turning off the power supply after you turn off the appliance.
  • Turn down the heat by a degree or two.
  • Unplug the chargers to your cell phones and MP3 players when they are finished charging.
  • Ride a bike or walk instead of taking the car.
  • Plant a tree.

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