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Infographic of the Day: 6 Ways to Lower Your Carbon Emissions

You might be able to cut upwards of 25% of your household carbon emissions in six easy steps.

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Reducing your carbon footprint can often seem like an impossible task for any one person. What can you possibly do to fight such an amorphous, all-encompassing problem? Plenty, actually, as this infographic by GOOD magazine, MCAD Designworks, and Brighter Planet shows.

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It shows, in detail, the yearly carbon emissions that result from electricity and natural gas, organized by region across the U.S. And it also shows that city dwellers, on average, produce 21,400 pounds of carbon per year, while those in rural areas produce 27,200–a whopping 27% difference. But you can actually save upwards of 6,000 pounds–or more–simply by taking six basic steps: by washing your clothes with cold water, using low-flow shower heads, and air-drying your dishes in the dishwasher, among other things. Who knew the impact could be so large?

Click here for all the tips.

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Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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