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#*If you have a mediumsized car, such as a sedan, then add 9 tons of CO2 emissions.

#*If you have a mediumsized car, such as a sedan, then add 9 tons of CO2 emissions.


#*If you have a large vehicle, such as an SUV or truck, then add 12 tons of CO2 emissions.

#*If you have a large vehicle, such as an SUV or truck, then add 12 tons of CO2 emissions.


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#Find your total fuel usage. The amount that you drive your car each year can also have an effect on your carbon footprint. You will have a larger carbon footprint if you drive your car frequently. Check your vehicle's mileage and miles per gallon and then plug these into a simple equation.

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#Find your total fuel usage. The amount that you drive your car each year can also have an effect on your carbon footprint. You will have a larger carbon footprint if you drive your car frequently. Check your vehicle's mileage and miles per gallon and then plug these into a simple equation. [[Image:Calculate Your Carbon Footprint Step 11.jpgcenter]]

#*Use the equation: total miles driven / miles per gallon = total fuel usage.

#*Use the equation: total miles driven / miles per gallon = total fuel usage.


#*For example, 8,000 / 40 mpg = 200 gallons of fuel used

#*For example, 8,000 / 40 mpg = 200 gallons of fuel used


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#Multiply your fuel gallons by a conversion factor. To convert the total gallons of fuel you have used driving your car into CO2 emission, you will need to multiply the total by a conversion factor of 22.

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#Multiply your fuel gallons by a conversion factor. To convert the total gallons of fuel you have used driving your car into CO2 emission, you will need to multiply the total by a conversion factor of 22. [[Image:Calculate Your Carbon Footprint Step 12.jpgcenter]]

#*Use the equation total fuel used X 22 = CO2 emission.

#*Use the equation total fuel used X 22 = CO2 emission.


#*For example, 200 gallons X 22 = 4400 pounds of CO2

#*For example, 200 gallons X 22 = 4400 pounds of CO2


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#*Multiply gallons or propane used by 13. For example, 3 gallons of propane X 13 = 39 lbs of CO2.

#*Multiply gallons or propane used by 13. For example, 3 gallons of propane X 13 = 39 lbs of CO2.


#*Multiply gallons of fuel used by 22. For example 15 gallons of fuel X 22 = 330 lbs of fuel.

#*Multiply gallons of fuel used by 22. For example 15 gallons of fuel X 22 = 330 lbs of fuel.


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#Consider any offsets you have made. If you purchased any carbon offsets or did something to offset some of your carbon usage, then you can subtract the amount of carbon that you offset from your totals.

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#Consider any offsets you have made. If you purchased any carbon offsets or did something to offset some of your carbon usage, then you can subtract the amount of carbon that you offset from your totals. For example, 1 tree can absorb a ton of carbon over its lifetime, so if you have a midsized sedan, then planting 9 trees could offset the production footprint of your car.<ref>http://onetreeplanted.org/pages/faq</ref>[[Image:Calculate Your Carbon Footprint Step 14.jpgcenter]]

#*Check out nonprofit groups that plant trees to help offset emissions. You can donate to have a tree planted and offset some of your emissions.

#*Check out nonprofit groups that plant trees to help offset emissions. You can donate to have a tree planted and offset some of your emissions.


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