A Baker’s Dozen Ideas for Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

With Halloween approaching, our month-long review of ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home, at work, and while shopping, draws to close, with the last three of our promised 12 tips, and one to grow on. We hope you’re feeling a little less spooked about climate change, and ready to put some these proven strategies to work. The holiday season is just around the corner!
  1. Purchase green power through your regular power lines. “Green power” comes from renewable energy sources like wind, wave, and solar technologies, and costs only a few cents more per kilowatt hour of electricity than “dirty” power generated from burning fossil fuels. Contact your power company to see if they offer this service in your area. If they don’t, ask them why, and tell them you’d like them to get on board.
  1. Consider telecommuting and teleconferencing instead of driving to work or flying to out-of-town business meetings. Tools like Skype and Tango make remote meetings a snap, and each person who doesn’t have to physically attend the meeting or conference will be reducing their carbon footprint.
  1. Teach the children in your life what you’ve learned about limiting CO2 emissions, for their future’s sake. Schools and institutions need to educate kids about climate change, of course, but it’s at home that adults can model “going green” by using reuse, reduce, and recycle practices. For example, children can limit the deforestation of the planet by limiting their paper usage, and using recycled paper products when they absolutely must use paper at all. Conservation of water is an easy practice to teach children, as well, even if the lesson is as simple as not leaving the faucet running while they brush their teeth. Walking your children to school, rather than driving them, will provide fitness benefits as well as reducing your family’s carbon footprint, and it could catch on in the neighborhood. “Walking School Busses,” where a different adult walks a group of children to school each weekday morning, rather than traditional carpools, are all the rage in temperate climates.
As the children in your life grow into adulthood, one of the best things that you can teach them is our bonus tip # 13 – that prudent investment of their money is consistent with the values you’ve taught them about being good stewards of our planet. When the time is right, Clean Energy Advisors can help neophytes in the world of renewable energy investments – whether 18 or 80 – make the kind of impact investments that allow them to do well while doing good.

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