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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

What is a carbon footprint?

Your carbon footprint is the direct effect your actions and lifestyle have on the environment, in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. Every time you drive a car or use electricity, you are contributing to carbon dioxide emissions. Whenever you consume or use a product, that contributes, too.

Why is this a problem?

The world's carbon emissions are at an all–time high, creating a thick "blanket" of gasses around our earth, and causing our climate to change. We must all take action now to reverse our growing carbon emissions, or face irreversible damage to the world's environment.

What can I do?

Reduce your personal carbon footprint. Conserve energy, following some of the steps provided on this website. Use less paper and plant some trees - which convert harmful carbon dioxide back into oxygen. Learn more about doing your part by visiting some of these great websites: gault–;;;, and Not only is conservation critical to preserving our environment, it is also crucial to our financial well–being.

Energy conservation

Gault wants you to realize a savings on your fuel bills – and to help do your part in conservation, which remains the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world's energy supplies. Working together, we can make a difference! Below is a list of proven conservation tips. Take a look – see what you can do.

  • Make sure your home heating equipment is properly maintained and cleaned.
  • Have furnace filters replaced regularly.
  • Caulk or weather–strip doors and windows.
  • Plug cracks in masonry walls and foundations or where pipes and wires enter your home.
  • Keep drapes and shades closed at night in winter.
  • On sunny winter days, open your drapes or shades to get the full benefit of the sun.
  • Replace your fireplace's fire screen with glass doors and a convective grate to reduce the loss of warm air.
  • Close your fireplace's damper when not in use.
  • Insulate areas with the biggest air leaks: the attic, crawl space or unheated basement.
  • Make sure you use insulation with the right R–value and weather–strip the attic hatch or door entrance. Also check the insulation in your exterior walls and floors.
  • Install programmable thermostats to automatically adjust the temperature in your home.
  • Install energy-efficient windows.
  • Install wall outlet and switch plate gaskets to limit the flow of cold air.
  • Don't turn your heat completely off overnight or during the day. (You may use more energy reheating your home than you saved by turning it off.) At night, lower your thermostat 4–6 degrees maximum.
  • Set your hot water temperature to 110–120 degrees.
  • Be sure to maintain proper humidity in your home.
  • Replace your older heating equipment with new, higher efficiency equipment and save 20%–30% on your fuel bills.
  • Make sure furniture and rugs don't block radiators or heating vents.

Arrange for a 10–Step Energy Checkup with Gault.

For more information see the Energy Audit tab on the website, or, contact us at (203) 227-5181 or