How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint - a great little book
December 29, 2008
One of my favorite stocking stuffers this holiday season was How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: 365 Simple Ways to Save Energy, Resources, and Money by Joanna Yarrow. This colorful little book, made of recycled products and printed with vegetable oil ink, offers tips for making easy behavioral and purchasing changes to reduce your carbon footprint and save money and energy at the same time. Here are the topics covered in the chapters: Heating and Cooling Electricity and Electronics Cooking Washing and Cleaning Gardening and D.
- Heating and Cooling
- Electricity and Electronics
- Washing and Cleaning
- Gardening and D.I.Y.
- the bigger picture...
- Under heating and cooling controls... use "a programmable, or setback, thermostat, which allows you to set different temperatures for different times (particularly useful if your home is usually unoccupied during the day) and turn your water heater on and off automatically"
- Under water use... "Harvest the rain - Capture some of the rain water that falls on your roof by connecting a water barrel to a downspout. This water can then be used in the garden."
- Under public transportation... "Adjust your working hours, if you can, so that you don't have to travel on public transportation at peak times. The journey will be quicker, and you'll be guaranteed a seat."