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Looking for more ways to reduce your carbon footprint?  The below tables include additional activities which complement the Low Carbon Diet workbook and help you drop even more lbs! 

For a complete list of Action Items, including workbook items and the below tables, open the Reporting Form.  Also, check out Ways to Save for a large variety of resources and even more ways to be green.

 Household Energy Options
 Carbon Reduction Options  Lbs of CO2 Reduced
per Year
Tankless / Demand Water Heater
Use a House Fan Instead of A/C 33% of the time
Rainfall Sensor for Sprinkler System
Window Curtains Prevent Heat Gain / Loss
Always Use Cold Water & Moisture Setting for Clothes Washer

Refrigerator Maintenance


Air Drying Dishes in Dishwasher


Toilet (water displacement)


Utilize 'Sleep Mode’ on Computer, Printer & Monitor


Closing Off and Not Cooling One Room in the Summer


Eliminate 'phantom' electricity waste from the VCR & Stereo

Note: The above estimates assume that electricity produces 1.34 lbs CO2 / kWh.  This is in line with the national average and also the estimate used by the Low Carbon Diet workbook.  Due to high amounts of coal usage, Utah’s electricity is about 58% more carbon intensive than the national average so efforts to conserve electricity prevents even more CO2 emissions than indicated.

 Transportation Options
 Carbon Reduction Options
Lbs of CO2 Reduced
per Year
Eliminate One of Your Household's Vehiclesa


One Less Round Trip Flight per Yearb


Two Less Round Trip Flights per Yearb


No Personal Vehicle Use for One Day per Weekc

1,330 per Vehicle

No Personal Vehicle Use for Three Days per Weekc

3,991 per Vehicle


aAssumes 25 MPG and 12,000 miles travelled per year for vehicle.  Estimate assumes no additional travel in other household vehicles.  The CO2 reduced estimate does not consider alternatives pursued in place of personal automobile travel (e.g., walking, biking, carpool, bus, rail, etc.).

bAssumes 1,658 miles per round trip flight (roughly the distance between SLC International Airport and Seattle).  Assumes 1.3068 lbs CO2 per passenger mile per the Colorado Carbon Fund.
cAssumes 25 MPG and 12,000 miles travelled per year.  The CO2 reduced estimate does not consider alternatives pursued in place of personal automobile travel (e.g., walking, biking, carpool, bus, rail, etc.).

Dietary Options

Carbon Reduction Options

Lbs of CO2Reduced 
(Everyday Adherence)

Lbs of CO2  Reduced (Three Days per Week)

Lbs of CO2 Reduced
(One Day per Week)

Purchase All Food Locally

 304  130  43

Replace Red Meat and Dairy with Chicken/Eggs/Fish

 1,628  698  233

Replace Red Meat and Dairy with Vegetables and Vegetable-based Products



Note: the above CO2 reduction estimates are based on one individual making these dietary changes.  Multiply these figures by the number of individuals participating in your household to get a total estimate of emissions reduction potential.

Recycling Options

Carbon Reduction Options

Lbs of CO2e Reduced

Energy Saved

Material Recycled

Per lb of Material

Per Itema

Million BTU Saved per Ton
Recycled Instead of Landfilled

















Residential Mixed Paper




aThe ‘Per Item’ estimates assume a 12 oz. bottle of glass, a 12 oz. can for aluminum, a 8 oz. tin can for steel, a 1 liter bottle for plastic, an d 1 8 ½ X 12 inch sheet of paper for one item.

Information in these tables was derived from numerous sources.  Additional details, and exact sources for the data, are available in "Carbon Emissions Reduction Strategies for Utah Households Operating Under a Budget Constraint".

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