What A Carbon Footprint Is

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While we will be going over easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home. I think it is important to take a second, and think about what your carbon footprint really is. And just a few simple steps to help our planet.

You often will be assaulted by people shouting to stop buying deodorant and not take showers to reduce your footprint, but this is stupid. In reality, your carbon footprint is what your net emissions are as an individual throughout your lifetime. Sometimes you just need to help do your part by turning off some lights, or recycle a little bit more. Nobody is an island, and it helps to just do your part.

I think the idea of shaming people into a lifestyle change is worth some ridicule. In particular, one of my goals with DaaxGad is to help other people take some small steps in order to help humanity’s future. The future of our race is something we are all a part of, so maybe more of us should help out too.

Reduce Your Latent Energy Consumption

I wrote a couple of articles of ways to help with this indirectly, but this is a simple method, that will also save you money! Most people do not realize just how much money they are losing to latent consumption. I have read in quite a few places that it can average out to 23% of an average households energy bills. That’s right. 23%! This diagram below illustrates how America as a whole wasted almost 66.7 quads (a quad is a thousand trillion BTUs) of energy.

One thing that makes me feel jubilant, is the increase in renewable resource use that America has seen over previous years.

A spaghetti diagram illustrating the energy use in quads by the United States in 2017.
Credit To Lawrence Livemore National Laboratory and Department of Energy

East Steps To Reduce Energy Consumption

  1. Unplug Devices, or Use Smart-Tech

    This can be done through a variety of easy steps. Assuming you go the smart-tech route. Use smart-plugs or maybe even a smart-meter to track your use of energy. If not, just unplug your passive-use devices (coffee-makers with lights on them)

  2. Turn Off Fast Starts

    Many consumer electronics now boast the use of a fast-start software. While this does help from a convenience standpoint, this is linked directly to a disproportionate use of energy. Just wait a few more second to watch TV alright?

  3. Hit The Lights

    Just smack that switch. BOOM! Easy enough.

  4. Program your HVAC Unit

    This can be as simple as using a programmable thermostat. Although I can tell you from my experience as an HVAC technician, sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and upgrade your unit.

Craft A Garden

Ok, STOP THE PRESSES! Why am I bringing this up at all? Nobody really knows me as a gardening kind of guy at all. But, you would be surprised to know I have a love of horticulture. Gardens are an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint at home. It is in no way my primary focus, but I absolutely have a fascination with it. Especially when individuals use it to improve their household’s sustainability.

If you go through the process of selecting plants that can contribute to wildlife near you dwelling, you are doing a service not only for yourself, but also nature. Here a few steps you can take to start a sustainable garden. I am by no means an expert on this, but the website Dengarden has some excellent information!

  • Reduce Your Lawn Size with Plants & Trees
  • Plant Consumable Vegetables & Fruits
  • Create a Compost Pile
  • Forego Chemical Pesticides
  • Get Some Chickens!

My family actually had chickens growing up, and not only do kids love it, but they provide you with eggs and will eat pests for sustenance.

This is a true passion of mine, and I want to thank all of you for taking the time to improve our world one step at a time. Check out the Blog Feed for other posts that you’ll enjoy, or head straight back to the Homepage for other features! Also, I am interested to hear what sustainability goals you all support, or what you do as a step in improving your footprint on this Earth. Thank You all for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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