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The Eco Guide

The Eco Guide, is What's Your Impact's blog a place where people can discuss and exchange ideas on how to fight climate change everyday. We provide easy to use tools and tips to help reduce each person's impact on the envrionment.

Buy local

Did you know that the food that you eat travels an average of more than 1,500 miles to reach your plate?1 By eating food that was manufactured in your country or even more locally, you are not only helping your nation's economy (and supporting farmers directly) but you are also reducing how much polution you are causing indirectly through consumption. Local consumption can really help reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and your impact.

Drive less

For many people, a large part of their direct emissions are created by using their car. One of the most common uses of a person's car is to get to work. By using public transportation, carpooling, biking or walking instead of your car you can make enormous reductions in the amount of emissions you cause everyday.

If these methods of transportation are not an option then try changing your driving habits. Even if you have purchased a small car, when you drive at speeds over 95 km/h you greatly reduce your cars advertised fuel efficiency. Apart from this, sharp accelerations and idling also reduce fuel efficiency. That's why avoiding rush hour and driving all together if possible is a great way to reduce emissions.

Use less electricity

Turning down the air conditioning and heating, switching to renewable energy sources or turning off lights, TVs and computers are great ways to use less electricity and fight climate change. Using programmable thermostats, proper insulation while also sealing leaks and drafts will improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling units. Changing regular (incandescent) light bulbs to compact fluorescent or LED lights will also help with energy savings.

By using less electricity, you also reduce your personal emissions and help fight global warming all at the same time.

Buy smart

If you stop buying products that contain powerful greenhouse gases (high GWP gases), you can reduce your impact and you'll be doing something smart for the environment. You can do this by simply not using or using less air conditioning (in the car, at home or work), refrigerators (if you have more than one), foam products (styrofoam cups/containers, foam packaging, foam based home insulation, etc.) and aerosols (hairspray, shaving cream, etc.)

Buying smart also means buying used! Used items not only do you not add any new emissions caused by transporting manufactured goods from the point of production, you also stop the emissions that would have been caused by the manufacturing and packaging of this newly made item.

Spread the word

Tell others about climate change, how their everyday actions are affecting it and how they can help. Learn more about climate change through this website or other sources. And lastly feel free to contact us on how you can help our website or how you can go about creating your own to help others understand climate change and facilitate change on a local, national and/or international scale.

Simple tips

Everyone knows the key to fighting climate change and being more green is lowering your carbon footprint. Sounds simple enough, but keeping greenhouse gas emissions in mind during the regular course of your day can be anything but simple. But don't worry the road to being more eco friendly is straighter than you think. Sometimes a few simple tips are all you need to get started. Try these easy ways to fight climate change and soon they will be a part of your everyday life!

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Our best tips and tools for fighting climate change everyday! From composting to slow travel, these tips will help you reduce your impact and become an even better eco warrior. We help you to help the planet with small things you can do that will have a big impact. Based on our readers' reviews, updated weekly.

Success stories

These success stories feature creative ways individuals have created an impact to the environment in their community or beyond. We wanted to share their stories, understand what motivated them to create what they did and how they encourage others to help by example. Get inspired by real-life success stories about people who started out just like you with the goal to fight climate change.

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