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What size is YOUR Carbon Footprint Emissions? How to reduce or eliminate your global warming impact now

From the moment we get out of bed to the time we come back to sleep, we make decisions that affect our climate and increase the carbon emissions that contribute to the greenhouse gas effects that are causing our climate to change.  What is the amount of land and ocean area required to sustain YOUR consumption patterns and absorb YOUR wastes on an annual basis?

Almost every activity in our lives has an effect in our planet’s climate. The choices we make in our homes, when we travel, the food that we eat, what we buy and throw away, they all leave behind our very personal carbon footprint that could affect the world climate for future generations. The USA National Average for a 2 person household is 53 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. The world average is only 11 tons per year, what is yours? What is YOUR impact in this earth? Use this Carbon Footprint Calculator and find out where you stand.

The Realtors in Motion

Making environmentally friendly home improvements not only beautifies the house but also adds to its value. It is a win-win for everybody, your house will have a better return on your investment and you will be helping to save the planet. Here is a list of simple items that can be accomplished very easily:

  • Begin by replacing all your light bulbs in the house with compact fluorescence ones, they can use up to 75% less energy
  • How many times have you left the outdoor lights on? An inexpensive motion detector will turn them off for you
  • Make an inspection of all bathrooms, kitchen, outdoor faucets and fix all leaks, the amount of water saved is tremendous
  • Take shorter showers and turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving. Install low flow shower heads
  • Create a compost pile in your backyard, your garden will appreciate that, your garbage costs will be lower, your city dumps will be smaller and will not have to spend gas transporting your leftovers to their place. Are you with me so far? This is easy stuff! doable in a day!
  • Replace your air conditioner and heating system filters, or clean them up more regularly
  • Install more ceiling fans in your house, use them instead of the air conditioner and heater
  • Insulate your home and use weather stripping around doors and windows
  • Remember the 3 R's: Refuse, Reuse and Recycle, keep them in mind at all times, specially when shopping
  • Stop all junk mail! Here is how to do it. Use online banking where you can receive your bills by e-mail instead of snail mail.

As you see, you can reduce your personal environmental impact by making a few simple changA green way to go!es in your everyday behavior. Your efforts plus mine multiplied by many others will make a big difference in the fight to slow climate change. 

YOU have the power to change the world! Even to the end when you can choose to be buried in an Ecoffin, a unique casket made from naturally hardened 100% recycled paper to make a graceful exit… and a final contribution to the planet, way to go...! Bravo!


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Comment balloon 12 commentsAntonio & Alexia Cardenas • September 07 2009 11:26PM


Great post, you two! And I have to say, I love your signature picture - looks like a lot of talent!

I drive a Hybrid car for a smaller carbon footprint, but have heard that the work put into manufacturing the hybrid battery emits more than the life of a Hummers exhaust. Oops!

Posted by Ashley Sharum, Ebby Halliday Realtors (972.978.3109) over 10 years ago

I agree with you Ashley, those hybrids are still not too convincing for me because of that. Thank you for your visit.


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 10 years ago

Hello Antonio, we've added home canning to our list this year.  We've had fun so far with blueberries, pears, zuchinni relish and pickles -- all grown in our backyard or picked up from the local garden stand or farmers market.  Prunes and applesauce are up next!  Keep dancing!  John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 10 years ago

Thanks Alexander, we grow strawberries, tomatoes, lemons, avocados and zucchinis, I need more variety... and re compost everything. we all can do a little more to help ourselves and our little blue planet. thanks for your visit, I appreciate that.


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 10 years ago

Very good post on a subject which is gaining awareness & is important for our future well-being.  Thank you for sharing this with your Friends on Blogger's Choice.

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I'm a strong proponent. We installed earth-friendly Marmoleum in the kitchen, bought energy-efficient appliances, replaced the bedrooms' carpeting with bamboo and bought a tankless water heater.

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 10 years ago

Antoniom A great post and list of items to do to save our planet. thank you,

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 10 years ago

Terrific post, Antonio! I like the list you provided and we do everything but compost...our dogs would just have too much fun with that when they go in the backyard. :)


P.S. An ecoffin? Hmmm...interesting...I've never heard of that.

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 10 years ago

Lola, You are most welcome, we all need to start seriously thinking about how we impact our natural resources.

Elizabeth, it looks like you are already doing your part.

Rebecca, I could have made a longer list, however if we keep it simple it probably gets the point

Leilani, Yes, indeed the ecofin is actually a cheaper way to bury somebody, who would have thoughwe could be "compost material"...?

Thank you all for your visit. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Antonio & Alexia

Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 10 years ago

Antonio & Alexia where have you been dancing in the new year? Just checking in with you both

I do hope you had a fabulous Holiday, look forward 2010!

Posted by ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team (Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals ) over 10 years ago

Thanks Lynn for checking in with us, we appreciate that very much, being taking care of some health issues, but now we slowly coming back to the dance floor. Happy New Year to you and yours. Wishing you the best year ever!



Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 10 years ago


Love the ecoffin!  LOL (but maybe not...)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago