Your carbon footprint is how much you contribute to polluting the atmosphere each year.
People who drive big cars, fly many times a year and have large houses with lots of appliances will have a bigger carbon footprint than people who ride a bicyle or catch public transport, avoid flying, have energy efficient houses and consume less.
You can see what the average carbon footprint is for your suburb on the consumption atlas website provided by the Australian Conservation Foundation.
Australians have the largest carbon footprint in the developed world. Each Australian has a carbon footprint of around 20 tonnes per year.
In comparison, the United Kingdom and Germany have carbon footprints of only 10 tonnes - half the Australian average.
The average Chinese carbon footprint is only 4.4 tonnes, and the average Indian footprint only 1.1 tonnes.
A range of carbon footprint calculators, such as this one , are available online.
Installing solar power is a one-off action you can take that will reduce your carbon footprint significantly. A household rooftop 1.6kw solar system can reduce carbon emissions by 2.3 tonnes a year, every year for the next 30 or more years.
If you also replace an electric hot water system with solar hot water, you can reduce your footprint by an additional 3 tonnes every year.
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