How We Waste Power and Carbon Dioxide

741 WordsFeb 22, 20183 Pages
Did you know that lighting a typical office overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for one thousand cups of tea (Climate Care.org). This is only one of many examples of how we waste power and Carbon dioxide. Almost everything we do releases carbon dioxide emissions, and in different amounts. We can save money and CO2 by reducing our carbon footprints, which is the total quantity of greenhouse gases that someone produces. Although we don’t think about them very often, a carbon footprint is part of everyone’s life because it’s measured on things we use, our actions create and waste CO2, and several people have worked to find energy saving ways to reduce them and help the environment. A carbon footprint is measured by using several different variables about someone’s lifestyle. It’s important to note that depending on where someone may live influences their impact on their carbon footprint. Just as Stephanie Pappas mentioned; “In California, for example, electricity generation is relatively climate-friendly, so focusing on vehicular emissions has a greater impact”. Using an online calculator can show anyone how much CO2 they use on average, by answering the questions provided. “Inevitably, in going about our daily lives – commuting, sheltering our families, eating – each of us contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change” (Nature.org). Basically, determining your carbon footprint is a great first step to better understanding what uses
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