Carbon Footprint Calculator
Check our a main Carbon Footprint Page.
Handling Carbon Footprint Calculator Files
Creating a New File
To create a new empty Carbon Footprint file, pull down the "File" menu and click on "New Carbon Footprint File".
In the standard file selection dialog box titled "Create New Carbon Footprint File", select the disk drive and folder to receive the new file. Then enter a file name. It is normal, but not necessary, to use an extension of .cfc. If you have named a file that already exists, you will be asked whether you want it replaced with a new empty Carbon Footprint file. If you answer "No", the process is abandoned and the existing file is unharmed. If you answer "Yes", the existing file is deleted.
Opening an Existing File
To open a different Carbon Footprint file, pull down the "File" menu and click on "Open Carbon Footprint File".
In the standard file selection dialog box titled "Open a Different Carbon Footprint File", select the disk drive and folder and filename of the Carbon Footprint file you wish to process. This dialog box requires you to name an existing file that was created by Carbon Footprint. You can abandon the process by pressing the "Cancel" button or the "Close Window" icon.
Renaming a File
To save a Carbon Footprint file under a different filename, in a different folder, or on a different disk drive, pull down the "File" menu and click on "Save Carbon Footprint File As"
In the standard file selection dialog box titled "Save Carbon Footprint File As", select the disk drive and folder to receive the renamed file. Then enter a file name. It is normal, but not necessary, to use an extension of .cfc. If you have named a file that already exists, you will be asked whether you want it replaced with the renamed Carbon Footprint file. If you answer "No", the process is abandoned and the existing file is unharmed. If you answer "Yes", the existing file is deleted.
After the file is saved into the new filename, Carbon Footprint redirects all new changes to the new filename.
Backing Up Your Files
Its always a good idea to back up your data. To back up your data to a diskette or CD rom follow these steps. Have the data that you want backed up on open on your screen. Use the 'File' menu. Select 'save Carbon Footprint file as'. A window will pop up the default file name *.cfc. Replace the * with your new file name. Select the 'a' or 'e' drive and click okay. You have now successfully backed up your data. Note: We are not responsible for lost data.
How to Use Carbon Footprint Calculator
Carbon Footprint Calculator is a software program designed to help people understand the impact their lifestyle is having on the environment through CO2 generation. By entering in information about your transportation and travel, activities, energy use, food, and recycling you can determine about how much CO2 you generate in a year. By looking at the details and reports, this should give you an idea on where you can cut back and make the most impact in helping our environment.
For more information, check the help sections below.
Printing a Summary Report
The Carbon Footprint Calculator allows you print a summary report of your current entries.
To access the report select Report from the main menu. Then select Print Carbon Footprint Overview.
You will then be shown a sample screen of the summary report. If you are satisfied that the report is correct press the printer icon and the report will print.
Printing: The report should automatically print to the default Windows printer. How this works may vary from computer to computer. Depending on your network set up, this may not work when printing to a networked printer.
Running the Carbon Footprint Calculator for the First Time
The first time you use Carbon Footprint Calculator, it will open the Example file called Example.cfc. If the example file is not found, the program will automatically create a new file for you called "NewFile.cfc". To rename this file just go to the File Menu and do 'Save Carbon Footprint File As'. After you have created your first file, Carbon Footprint Calculator remembers the last file you were using.
Once you get a file open, enter in any data you would like into the text boxes. You can enter in as many or as few of the fields as you would like. The data from each entry is automatically saved in the current open file when you exit the program or select another entry or click the "save" button..
Tip: Be sure to have the file opened that you want to make changes to.
Other Carbon Footprint Calculator Features
There are five sections of the Carbon Footprint Calculator's main screen. Each of these sections allows you to enter different types of data that impact your carbon footprint. They are described below:
This section shows the final carbon footprint from all your entries.
Click on the Save button to save your data to the current open file.
Click on the Details button to get more details and see a pie chart on how your carbon footprint is distributed among the major categories.
Enter data in the transportation section to determince your carbon footprint from transportation.
If have more than one car, click on the "Additional Cars" button. This will allow you to enter data for up to 6 cars.
The CO2 generated from your home energy is calculated in this section.
You can choose your state to get a more accurate representation of the CO2 you generate by the electricity you use. This is because each state gets its electricity from different sources. Some states use primarily coal (bad), while others use more renewable energy sources or nuclear energy which generate less CO2 and allow you a smaller carbon footprint. These numbers are taken from government data.If you select “none” for the state, then a national average for the USA is used. We don’t have averages for various countries, yet, but hope to add that in a future release.
Select # of people:
The number of people who live in your house is needed so we can divide the total CO2 generated by your house amongst each person living there.
Next, fill in the amount of power you use each month. If you don't use a certain type of energy, then leave that section blank or "0".
Recycling and Activities Section
Fill in the amount of trash you generate each week, then how much you recycle.
For the activities section, feel free to skip any you don't want included, but these give you an idea on where you can have the most impact by changing your lifestyle.
Fill in about how much you eat each day. Then fill in how much you buy that is produced locally.
Under “units” you can select “English” or “metric”. This will change the units used for the entire program. One key thing to remember is that this will only change the units, it will not convert data you have already entered. For example, if you were using English units and you had entered 10,000 miles under flying, if you changed to metric, you would now have 10,000 km entered for flying.
Note: changing the units also changes the total carbon footprint number from tons to tonnes (metric ton).
Here are some links:
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How we do the Carbon Footprint calculations