Many people do this every day during their workday. They get out of bed, jump in the car, and drive to work. However, avoiding the drive and choosing public transportation can be a good thing for the environment.

The carbon footprint refers to the total amount of greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide emitted during the entire life cycle of an individual, product, or service. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released a study that found public transportation is more effective than other household measures to reduce carbon dioxide.

“Public transportation use should be at the top of the list of ways for households to become greener,”William W. Millar is president of APTA. “Switching to public transit gives a person the opportunity to immediately become part of the solution to help reduce carbon dioxide, a harmful greenhouse gas.”

While it is important to make green changes in the home, indoor improvements do not reduce carbon dioxide levels as fast as public transport. One commuter can use public transportation to reduce their daily carbon dioxide emissions up to 20 pounds per day. This can help to lower the household’s carbon footprint of up to 10 percent each year.

A refrigerator replacement with a more energy-efficient model can save 335 pounds of carbon per year. A home’s weatherization and adjustment of the thermostat for heating or cooling can save 2,847 pounds per year. Switching to public transport can save a household an amazing 4,800 pounds per year. This is the best way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Public transport also has other benefits than carbon dioxide reductions. You can save the environment by stepping off the pedal.

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