|| Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
What is a carbon footprint?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary global warming pollutant produced when we burn fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum. Your carbon footprint is a measure of how much carbon dioxide you produce in your daily life. In the Cool Congregations program we measure your use of gas and electricity to heat and power your home, transportation, and garbage.
Why do we measure it?
We measure your footprint to get a baseline and to discover places where you might reduce it. We then measure it again later after you’ve made some changes to see how you’re doing. We ask you to provide your own specific usage numbers so you get your own personal profile.
How do we measure it?
We have a specially designed Excel calculator that you can use to measure your carbon footprint. Please note, your computer must have Excel to run it properly.
You can save this information to your computer for future use.
How do I reduce it?
Look at our 25 Simple Steps Under $25 or 25 Steps Over $25. Choose a few actions to start with, write them on your pledge sheet, and post it on the refrigerator to remind you to take action.
ShopIPL.org can provide you with many of the energy efficient products you may need to reduce your footprint.
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