The family car is a diesel, so it's more efficient and requires less filling of the tank. We also don't turn the heat up that high and wear sweaters instead, and turn lights off when we're not in the room. We also unplug as many electronics as possible when they're not in use, use energy-star appliances and energy-saving bulbs, recycle, take shorter showers, and try to buy green(er) cleaning products.
Reducing the amount of electricity I execute, using 'pressure wash' when washing my clothes since it uses less water, along with taking less time in when showering. ^^~~ Plus, when we go out for a while, we don't take the gas guzzling Ford Expedition but our smaller car that uses twice as less gas as said SUV.
I use cheap dollar store light bulbs and I leave them on until they blow, I throw old/used batteries in the local lakes and rivers, I drive an older car that should have never passed emissions and I buy things new if I can (I don't want someone's used crap).
(1) Don't travel by any means other than Public transportation, by bike, or by one's own feet. For longer distance, use the Greyhound or take the train...
(2) Don't consume anything that comes in plastic AND recyle said products afterwards: Buy glass bottled water and recyle said bottle afterwards (to do this for free, simply go to any University campus, as they will have bins for glass bottles to be recycled in... And should anyone ask, simply say you're from one of the dorms and they're bins are full... Beware of bottles with alcohol labels though rolleyes ), Buy only milk and juice that comes in glass bottles as well (In fact, one store I know will offer a discount of up to a dollar off of one's next purchase per an empty glass bottle of milk returned, which they then return to the milk provider to reuse...), Buy eggs from a neighbor with chickens or from a nearby farm, preferably one in walking distance, and use old egg cartons to house them in your fridge.... When you think about it, one can eliminate and reduce their carbon footprint by simply looking at how they can obtain what they consume in the most local, plastic-less manner 3nodding ... And I would recommend eliminating soda, in its entirety (even glass bottled varieties) from one's diet too, because the companies almost always contribute in another way that makes purchasing from enlarging for one's carbon footprint neutral
(3) Not only switch every electical device you have to Energy saver bulbs, because it will reduce one's electric bill, but also reduce the number of electric devices left running at night too.
By doing just this, you could reduce your Carbon Footprint, not only in half for the average low Carbon Footprint bearer, but it will reduce your own costs substantially in the long run too. 3nodding
Oh, so you're not meant to use your microwave to heat your home. I've been doing it wrong all these years. gonk
All my lightbulbs are energy saving and my TV is very energy efficient. I try not to leave electrical appliances or lights on if I'm not using them, and I never leave things plugged in if they're not being used. I think I do pretty well. 3nodding
I have all energy efficient light bulbs, recycle everything i can,drives my bf crazy, lol, i turn off lights when not needed, unplug things not in use, and use as many natural or homemade cleaning products when possibly.