Carbon footprint calculators were all the rage when we started up Green Beings back in 2007-8. You don’t get to hear so much about them these days and the links we had on our Footprint page were obselete. So I thought I’d do a little research to see how things have moved on and to compare my old footprint against my current one.
I’d previously tried out a few Australian calculators and got an interesting set of results. All making me feel a bit happy that my footprint was considerably smaller than the average Australian. However, things have changed since 2008. Our family has doubled in size (with kids rather than bodyweight) and our house has increased in size with an extension. So our household footprint will have gone up a bit surely?
Well, looking at the energy and gas bills our consumption is about the same as it was a few years back. But there is a significant increase in our water consumption. Not surprising really when you think about the fact the kids need a bath every night, they smear food and all sorts of matter all over their clothes, furniture and walls. So I’m not surprised by the results and quite happy that our energy conservation measures seem to have worked.
The new calculators that are available are a little more advanced, up to date and fun. Walking through the WWF footprint calculator and you might for a second think that you were in a computer game. So if you have five minutes check out our updated ‘Calculate your Footprint’ page.