Good Question: What is a carbon footprint?

For over 40 years, Earth Day has inspired and brought together people and organizations to show their commitment to environmental protection.

We can all have both a negative and positive impact on it.

Good Question: What is a carbon footprint?

Everyday the things we do, like driving and powering our homes leave a footprint behind.

"Your carbon footprint is the impact of your everyday activities on climate change and carbon emissions," said Meredith Boyd with East Kentucky Power.

When we drive, the engine burns fuel and it creates a certain amount of carbon dioxide.

Heating our homes with either oil, gas or coal creates CO2, even electrical power emits it.

The average American is responsible for 20 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Websites like help you calculate your contribution.

But what about reducing it all together, simple steps add up.

"People wouldn't leave the room if they left the water running, electricity is the same principal," said Boyd.

Turning off lights, changing bulbs even taking fewer trips all helps.

Believe it or not adding a bit to your bill could help.

Boyd says East Kentucky Power has come up with a cleaner way to power homes and it has to do with garbage.

"As garbage or organic waste decays in a landfill it makes methane gas, we capture the methane gas and make electricity, enough for about 10,000 homes in Kentucky."

For $2.75 extra on your bill you purchase a block of EnviroWatts.

Savings the equivalent of planting an acre and a half of trees and just one step you can take to reducing your mark on the environment.

Currently there are six landfill-gas power plants in Kentucky generating16.8 megawatts of electricity.

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