Lately I’ve been talking about solar power, alternative energy and figuring out how on earth we’re going to get away from oil. I thought it would be fun to use one of the free carbon footprint calculators to see what our household carbon footprint is. Obviously these are very approximate measures but it’s an easy way to see where we all stand.
I’d like to have as many people as possible take 5 minutes to run through the free calculator and then post their score in the comments. That way I can post some results of how everyone compares. You can use this carbon footprint calculator supplied by The Nature Conservancy.
The results of our carbon footprint are listed in the graphic below. There are four main categories that this calculator looks at: Home Energy, Flying & Driving, Food & Diet, and Recycling & Waste. We scored below average in Home Energy and Flying & Driving while we scored about average on Food & Diet and Recycling & Waste. I think we scored below average on the Home, Energy, Flying and Driving because we have a new home that is pretty energy efficient and we both work fairly close to home so we don’t really drive all that much. It looks like we could do a little better with our recycling, waste, food and diet.
So go ahead and run your carbon footprint calculations and post the results in the comments section. Make sure you include how many people live in your home.