53 Actions you Could Take to Reduce your Carbon Footprint


Annual Savings
Beginning This Year

Pounds of CO2(e) saved

Upfront cost to you:

Average savings (green) or cost (red):

Save $

Save CO2

50%
Zip Code: 


Instructions: Start by using the slider above to tell us how you balance saving money vs. reducing your carbon footprint, then enter your zip code (used only to tell the rebates for which you are eligible). The table shows several actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. Select the ones you wish by clicking the "Yes!" button. Click "Done" if you've already taken the action, and "No" if it's not one you wish to take. Click the buttons below to select/deselect topics within the table.

Saved (Annually) by
Previous Actions

Pounds of CO2(e) saved

Upfront cost to you:

Average savings (green) or cost (red):




Notes:

  1. Categories in green are home energy; categories in blue are transportation.
  2. Amounts shown are approximate, for 1 year, and based on the savings for an 'average' consumer (your results may be different).
  3. CO2(e) is CO2 Equivalents, which attempts to integrate the different effects and lifetimes of common greenhouse gases. For a full discussion, please see: this EPA report
  4. Asterisked items have had a (non-scientific) CO2 value assigned by the author.
  5. Rebate amounts will vary depending upon the equipment purchased and other factors. For additional rebates and details of the rebates shown, go to Cape Light Compact (Cape Cod & Martha's Vineyard) or Mass Save (Massachusetts) sites.
  6. Vehicle prices listed here generally assume a significant trade-in value for your existing car.
  7. We thank the following individuals for their thoughtful comments and suggestions on various earlier versions of this calculator: Scott Ridley, Members of the West Falmouth Meeting (Quakers), Kristin Andres, Genie Stevens, Sarah Griscom, Carol Magenau, Susan Starkey.
  8. We welcome comments and suggestions on this calculator. To contact the author, Stephen C. Gates, Ph.D., please use the contact form here.