How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Ways to Reduce Your Footprint


  • Add insulation or energy-efficient windows to your home
  • Carpool
  • Conserve water (reduces energy used in pumping
  • Drive a vehicle with high gas mileage ratings
  • In the summer, turn your thermostat up 5 degrees when you are home and down 10 degrees when you are not home
  • Look for the Energy Star logo when buying your next appliance
  • Recycle or reuse materials whenever possible (this reduces landfill emissions)
  • Switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED lighting
  • Unplug electric appliances when not in use (hair dryer, electric toothbrush charger, oscillating fans, lamps
  • Use renewable energy (like solar panels)
  • Using mass transit when possible
  • Walk or bike when you can for local trips

Commute Solutions


Check out Commute Solutions for alternative ways to get to school and work! This website is an amazing resource for people living, working and going to school in Santa Cruz County!

Through tips, resources and support, Commute Solutions can help you figure out how to get around Santa Cruz County to access the things you want and need. By taking the mystery out of using travel modes such as riding the bus, carpooling, bicycling and walking, you can more easily identify your options. Employers can also get assistance with addressing parking and other business challenges through Commute Solutions' help with workplace-based commute programs.

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint!


Use the Cool California Carbon Footprint Calculator to compute the GHGs you produce.

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