We all do it just about every day—get up, get dressed, and go to school or work. But do you know how your commute impacts your carbon footprint? Close to 30 percent of the greenhouse gases released in the United States come from transportation. Each gallon of gasoline burned in an average car’s engine blows 19.4 lbs of carbon dioxide out of the exhaust and directly into the Earth’s atmosphere.
Some 86 percent of all workers over the age of 16 drive a car, truck, or van to work, and 76 percent of these workers drive alone—which certainly doesn’t help the environment. Most commuters in the U.S. have a total carbon footprint of 6,214 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year for gasoline users. Ethanol, on the other hand, would produce a carbon footprint of 931 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year for the average commuter.
How can you reduce your carbon footprint? Stop being an S.O.V. (Single Occupant Vehicle)! Not many Americans take steps to reduce their commute carbon footprint—10 percent of American workers carpool; five percent of American workers use public transportation to get to work; less than one percent of American workers bicycle to work; and three percent of Americans walk to work. If you must drive, hybrids are your best (for now) to help reduce your carbon footprint.
To learn more, check out the infographic below presented by CheapCarInsurance.net.
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