And while it is very important to increase green efforts within the home, many indoor changes do not reduce carbon dioxide levels at the rate that using public transportation can. A solo commuter switching to public transportation can reduce their daily carbon dioxide emissions by 20 pounds, which can lessen a household's carbon footprint up to 10 percent annually.
Replacing an older refrigerator with a new, more efficient model has carbon savings of 335 pounds a year. Weatherizing a home and adjusting the thermostat for heating and cooling saves 2,847 pounds a year. But switching a commute to public transportation saves an incredible 4,800 pounds a year -; and is one of the most significant actions a household member can take to immediately reduce their carbon footprint.
Public transportation also provides benefits beyond carbon dioxide reductions. In an age when preserving our environment is a top priority, taking your foot off of the gas pedal is one way to do just that.
For more information, visit www.publictransportation.org.