More than cutting down on your meat consumption, more than any re-use or reduction of various products, more than recycling, composting, or growing your own organic produce, more than driving a hybrid vehicle, and more than saving the rain forests!
Not that the previously mentioned efforts are bad things to do. Au contraire. We firmly believe that every effort an individual makes to help reduce greenhouse gases is valuable. But if you truly want to make the most impactful steps towards reducing your carbon footprint you will reduce the energy associated with heating and cooling your home.
The Encyclopedia of Earth website gives this breakdown for a the carbon footprint of a typical American:
20% home energy use
the other 50% is broken down into travel and leisure, clothes and other goods, homebuilding, and some other stuff.
So here’s the question to ask yourself: am I doing all I can to reduce my home’s heating and cooling costs?
If you haven’t had a comprehensive home energy audit yet, the answer is no.
Simple as that.