10 Easy Ways To Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

7. Drive Less

When your vehicle runs, the exhaust pipe automatically releases harmful carbon emissions into the environment. The easiest way to cut back is to drive less. Set up a carpool with co-workers, or take public transportation whenever possible. For a zero-emission option, walk or ride your bike to work, school, or while doing errands.

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6. Get Regular Tune-Ups

For many people, it’s impossible to avoid driving. Cut your carbon footprint by keeping your vehicle running efficiently with regular tune-ups and repairs. Change the air filters regularly, and improve fuel economy by removing extra weight and making sure your tires are properly inflated.

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5. Drive Efficiently

The way you drive has a big impact on your vehicle’s emissions. Use less fuel by sticking to the speed limit, stopping gradually, and avoiding sudden starts and fast accelerations.

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4. Eat Local

The food in your supermarket is often shipped from across the country, resulting in vehicles consuming and burning fuel. Local foods are a great solution. The short transportation distances reduce emissions, and as an added bonus, you can support small businesses. Look for farm-share programs for produce, and consider purchasing your meat, eggs, and milk from a small, local farm.

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