Gt - FL USA
Carbon footprint or cfp:
Recently we had to update our 68 year old house in Central Florida, the work included: new low-E glass windows, attic-insulation and a new AC system. Over the last 6 months we had a 48% reduction in our electric consumption compared to the same periods in previous years. Our driving has been reduced from the average 12,000 miles a year to about 6,000 miles/y (after the calculations I divided this result in half since my wife and I share one vehicle)
Using a few of the free web based carbon footprint calculators like the one from the EPA, I estimated my individual home and vehicle cfp to be about 3 1/4 tones of CO2 per year.
My air travel cfp for this year is 5,823 lbs of CO2 or slightly less than 3 tones of CO2.
So my projected carbon footprint, is about 6 tones of CO2 for this year. Hopefully I won't do much flying in the near future since that alone nearly doubled my cfp, which was kind of self defeating.
Last Update Oct 10, 2014
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