What are Carbon Offsets

In my post about green travel, I mentioned carbon offsets. But, what are carbon offsets? The company mentioned in that post, Terrapass, takes actions to remove the carbon that you put in the air by your actions. They have several options, for example if you want to offset all the carbon you introduce into the air by driving a gas powered car for a year. If I were to drive my car 15,000 miles a year I could pay $71.40 to take my emissions back out of the year. This money goes to funding all of these projects that remove carbon, and other greenhouse gases, out of the atmosphere. You can remove the carbon produced by commuting, traveling, or just the carbon produced by living in a house.

I actually heard about carbon offsets from our web hosting company HostGator. They are actually carbon negative, they pay for 30% more wind power than they use. That’s pretty impressive considering they are one of the largest web hosts in the world. Their attention to emissions is actually the reason we selected them as our host.

Tom

About Tom

I co-founded Health Now, Wealth Forever when I realized I was unhappy with where I was in life. I was overweight, unhealthy, and stuck in a business that I couldn't save. I had little hope. With our mission of helping others with the same problems, I am now in a much better place in all facets of my life. Most of my posts are about improving your diet - I think health most important. But, I also write about sustainable living, self-improvement, and occasionally improving finances. After all, one of my personal mottos is balance in everything.

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