After the recent TV advertisements about CO2 emissions, I decided to try and work out just how big our family's carbon footprint is. Despite the recent shock at the costs of our gas and electricity bills, I'm pleased to say that our family's footprint is slightly below the UK average: 7612kg per person, compared to the UK average of 10963kg. Hopefully our recent clampdown on the cost of bills will help to reduce this even more.
I also made an interesting discovery: BioDiesel.
Biodiesel is a fuel that can be used in any diesel powered vehicle. It is
biodegradable and non-toxic. Biodiesel is a fantastic way of reducing your
carbon footprint as it only releases the carbon dioxide that the plants absorbed
whilst growing, therefore there is no negative impact on the carbon cycle.
Mum actually mentioned a while ago that her friend had set up a Biodiesel distribution company; cheap, clean fuel I can use in my car without having to make any modifications to the engine. Now that I know more about it, I'd certainly like to give it a try. It's a pity Biodiesel isn't sold in petrol stations yet...
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