Our actions impact the environment. Each thing we do can help or hurt our planet in many ways. Many of our daily activities cause emissions of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gas emissions vary among individuals depending on a person's location, behaviors and habits, and personal choices. You can #GoGreen 365 by reducing your environmental footprint. Pursuing sustainable living habits, choosing greener products, and investing in clean energy are just a few ways to get started. DOE also has tools to help you learn and understand the issues and help you reduce your environmental footprint

Do you know what your carbon footprint is? Try EPA's Household Carbon Footprint Calculator to estimate your annual greenhouse gas emissions.


  • The quantity of greenhouse gas emissions from your home electricity use depends on the types of fuel your power plant uses to generate the electricity and the amount you use.
  • The quantity of greenhouse gases emitted from your furnace and boiler depends on the efficiency of these items, the size and insulation of your house, and the amount and type of fuel used.
  • The quantity of emissions from your car or truck depends on how much you drive, what your vehicle's fuel efficiency is, and how you drive (e.g., the amount of time spent idling in traffic).
  • In addition, the more recycling you do will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, as well as the greenhouse gas emissions that result from processing of raw materials.