Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=206921
Story Retrieval Date: 9/18/2014 6:40:58 AM CST
Learn how apps can help you understand your carbon footprint.
More apps for less carbon dioxide
Find your carbon footprint - 20 tons of carbon dioxide a years for the average American. There's an app for that.
Calculating your carbon footprint can be the first step in cutting it down to size. Carbon dioxide is one of the key fossil fuel emissions contributing to climate change. And 20 pounds of it is generated by burning a single gallon of gasoline. With people blasting their air conditioners all day this summer with the record-breaking heat, more carbon hits the atmosphere. That's where apps come in.
You can actually use your smartphone to track exactly how much carbon you're generating, whether it's from the devices in your house, or the light bulbs you use. With a variety of options to choose from, you can learn how to be less of a carbon dioxide contributor.