E-Biking and Carbon Footprints: How can I make a difference?

In a world of cars, trains, busses, and other commuting options, it is easy to see the vast array of travel options that affect our planet. However, there are plenty of other options that are better for our planet. One option is switching from gas guzzling choices for e-bike rides. After initial production environmental costs, e-bikes eliminate the need for using gas and in turn reduce the amount of emissions released into the air. As you can see by the graph below from the Travel Stats Man, e-Bike emissions are significantly lower compared to other methods of travel. They also don’t get stuck in traffic, meaning there isn’t any excess emissions caused by delays. Therefore an e-bike contributes less to environmental pollution. Another benefit is they have very low impact on the roads and don’t damage it like other transportation methods do. This means no repairs with heavy machinery need to be done. 

How can I calculate how big my carbon footprint is?


There are multiple ways to see how much you contribute, including smartphone apps and online tools. Policy Expert created a  very informative blog that shows how you can reduce the size of your own carbon footprint. There are some really interesting apps listed that are worth trying out, such as The Extra Mile and My Planet. The Extra Mile is an app where you can plan your route and calculate how much carbon dioxide you’ll emit. It even shows where you can make a few cuts in your travel in order to lower those emissions. My Planet is a fun app where you have a little slice of the Earth and it shows how your daily choices affect your slice.




How exactly do electronic bikes help the planet?


If everyone in the United States stopped driving cars for one day,  we could prevent 3.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions from entering our atmosphere. That sounds pretty tough though, right? Not being able to take your car anywhere for a whole day would definitely be a challenge. That’s where e-bikes come in. They reduce emissions and allow you to get to where you need to be in a decent time.Not only are they fun to ride, but they help minimize many negative effects on our environment! 


Other ways to help reduce your carbon footprint


Are you still wondering how you can lower the size of your carbon footprint? A couple of easy ways include using less water, insulating your home, and buying energy efficient appliances. Simply turning off the water when you brush your teeth or taking a slightly shorter shower will lessen the amount of water you use. It uses energy to get water to your house so by using less, you reduce the amount of energy you use. Insulating your home and using energy efficient appliances also help reduce the amount of energy going into your house. As you can see, electricity is the leader out of all of the global emissions sources, so any little bit can help!

Are there any other methods that we missed that you practice? Let us know! 


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