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Q&A: Understanding Your Carbon Footprint

April 28, 2020

You’ve probably heard the term “carbon footprint”, but what does it actually mean? Your carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by many daily activities such as driving a car, using electricity and disposing of waste.

Is reducing my carbon footprint important? Yes! There are many benefits for home and business owners, such as:

  • Environmental health – reducing greenhouse gas emissions improves air quality, which is good for the environment and in turn makes the air we breathe cleaner.
  • Financial health – one of the most effective ways to decrease your carbon footprint is to become more energy efficient, which over time could lower your energy costs. Read our blogs to learn how to make your home or business more energy-efficient!

How can I reduce my carbon footprint? There are several methods, ranging from simple to significant, that can effectively reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, including:

  • Reduce waste
  • Use energy-efficient products
  • Choose renewable energy options such as enrolling in a green energy plan for your home or business

For more tips on reducing your carbon footprint, check out our blog.

How do I measure and monitor my carbon footprint? The good news is no matter if you own a business, a home or both, you can calculate your own carbon footprint and create a strategy to decrease it!

Whether you want to create a reduction strategy, meet reduction targets or simply monitor your greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a Greenhouse Gases Equivalencies Calculator that can help you reach those goals. Using the calculator is simple, requires only a few pieces of information, and presents examples of how reducing your greenhouse gas emissions impacts the environment.

Renewable energy and our commitment to the environment is important to AEP Energy! You can find out more on our website.

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Sources:

https://www.wri.org/blog/2014/10/numbers-how-us-economy-can-benefit-reducing-greenhouse-gas-emissions


 

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