11 Proven Ways to Lower Your Carbon Footprint

How much of an impact are your choices having on the environment? We decided to track down the data.

Based on some carbon impact studies, we’ve gathered a list of 11 effective ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint today, and exactly how many pounds of CO2 these practices can help you avoid in your daily life.

When you look at the data, you might be surprised at where the bigger impacts lie. Many folks who work to promote everyday sustainability practices place emphasis on reducing our waste through recycling, changing out light bulbs and hang-drying clothes; there’s no doubt that these things have clear positive effects. However, these steps are only the beginning of the journey.

On the flip side, you may find it intimidating or unfeasible to go 100% car-free or eat a plant-based diet seven days a week. That’s okay — you don’t have to be perfect.

But at the end of the day, there’s one thing that’s both easy to do and can cut your carbon footprint down by 25% every year: power your home with 100% renewable energy.

Interested in seeing what your carbon footprint is? Check out our carbon footprint calculator. And if you’re looking for more ways to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle, explore our green living tips page.