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Our Carbon Footprint

Where to go: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/residential/pages/calculate-your-carbon-footprint.aspx

Or google: oregon.gov carbon calculator

What you’ll need:

  • Your most recent Mac Water and Light Bill. You’ll want to add up the number of kw/h in the graph.
  • Your gas bill, and/or oil bill. If you signup on the gas company website you get the therms you’ve used for the last six months.
  • Your mileage for the last year for each car. Do your best. If you are sole owner, you can do this by taking the mileage on the odometer and dividing it by the number of years you’ve had your car. You will also need to know the average miles per gallon.
  • You need to have an idea how many times and about how far you flew by plane.
  • You’ll want to have an idea of how regularly you eat various foods: meats, nuts, dairy, vegetables etc. One of the contributers to climate change is the amount of carbon that is released in the production and transportation of what we eat. If you want to fill this section out in detail you should perhaps look it over and come back.
  • You may also have some specific expenses that you track that can help you adjust your carbon footprint. There are lines for things like medical and vehicle services, entertainment and so forth. This is another section you may want to look over and come back to.

Hints

  • You can usually click Advanced to enter more detailed information
  • Finally if you aren’t sure about something, you can always leave the average. This is based on the size of your household and where you live. You can also come back to the calculator later if you want to add more detail

After completing the calculator look at the bottom of the report for some ideas on how you can reduce your carbon footprint.