There were 7,122 billion tons of CO2-equivalent emissions in 2004, according to the US Energy Information Administration. That's 23.8 tons of CO2 emissions per person (with 299 million people in the US).

You can save one ton by doing the following this year:*

  • Eat meat-free meals every other day.
    Vegetarian food requires much less energy to produce.
    CO2 savings = 487 pounds
  • Park the car for 60 days this year.
    Walk, cycle, or take public transit.
    CO2 savings = 917 pounds
  • Switch from hot to warm or cold water for every load of laundry.
    CO2 savings = 600 pounds
Total = 2,004 pounds (one ton)

  • Switch two standard light bulbs to more efficient fluorescent bulbs.
    CO2 savings = 1,000 pounds
  • Replace the current shower head with a low-flow model.
    CO2 savings = 300 pounds
  • Turn the thermostat down two degrees for one year.
    CO2 savings = 500 pounds
  • Cut vehicle fuel use by 10 gallons in 2006.
    CO2 savings = 200 pounds
Total = 2,000 pounds (one ton)

  • Replace the 20-year-old fridge with an energy-saver model.
    CO2 savings = 3,000 pounds
  • Send out one fewer 30-gallon bag of garbage per week.
    CO2 savings = 300 pounds
  • Leave the car at home two days per week this year.
    CO2 savings = 1,590 pounds
  • Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard and newspapers.
    CO2 savings = 850 pounds
Total = 5,740 pounds (almost three tons!)

Total = 2,205 pounds (one metric ton)

There's still a long way to go to reduce your carbon impact to zero, this is just a start.


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