Since then, I have fairly consistently been making small changes and adding them to the measurement data. It updates itself and gives you a new footprint measurement and calculates the amount of reduction in your carbon footprint per year. My reduction since that post is an astounding 1 ton of carbon per year. It became almost addicting for a while, as I would do something and run back to the computer to see what the net effect was. Changing a light bulb to a CFL (you can enter the number changed) became a game of how much can I decrease my footprint. I may be sounding a bit like Ed Begley, Jr., but I'll take that as a compliment, if so.
There are lots of places to measure your carbon footprint on the web. It only takes a few minutes and is quite educational. I would particularly advise you to do this with your kids who are old enough to watch the change in the numbers. If you choose a calculator that will save your carbon footprint and allow you to make improvements in your green lifestyle, you can watch it recalculate. Re-entering a better number means the carbon foot print goes down--sort of like dieting and watching the scale register lower each time you get on it. It's exciting!
Here are a few places you can measure your own carbon footprint. Each has a few different twists to what they can do. It really doesn't matter, as long as you continue to measure against the same measuring device--like comparing apples to apples.
- Make Me Sustainable (I used this one, which allows you to continue to update your status)
- Carbon Footprint (just measures 1 year)
- Be Green Now
- The Nature Conservancy
- An Inconvenient Truth Carbon Calculator
Have you read Al Gore's Book, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH?:
By the way, Happy St. Patrick's Day. I hope the luck o' the Irish will follow you everywhere. If you need any traditional recipes, check out my last 2 posts for Traditional Corned Beef and Vegetables and Organic Irish Apple Cake.
Check in on Thursday for a few more of Ed Begley, Jr.'s simplest green living tips. And don't miss my Food Friday recipe. I'll be serving up Organic Blueberry Kuchen, a German dessert.