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YOUR ECO-FOOTPRINT

What's Your Eco-footprint

Your eco-footprint is a measure of how many resources you use and tells you whether you tread heavily or lightly upon the planet.

Take the lifestyle test to find out what your eco-footprint is...

1) Do you use a car?
(If you usually share it with others, halve the points.)
Never - 0 points
Once a week - 2 points
Two to five times a week - 4 points
Six or more times a week - 6 points

2) Do you eat beef?
Never - 0 points
Once a week or less - 3 points
Two or three times a week - 5 points
More than three times a week - 7 points

3) Do you eat other meat and / or fish?
Never - 0 points
Once a week or less - 2 points
Two or four times a week - 4 points
Five or more times a week - 6 points

4) How many serves of dairy food do you eat?
(A serve is one cup of milk or equivalent quantity of cheese, yoghurt, etc.)
Never - 0 points
Three serves a week or less - 2 points
Four to eight serves a week - 4 points
Nine or more serves a week - 6 points

5) How many pieces of new clothing do you buy each year?
None - 0 points
1 to 12 (up to one a month) - 3 points
13 to 26 (up to one a fortnight) - 6 points
27 to 52 (up to one a week) - 9 points
More than 52 - 12 points

6) How many whitegoods are in your home? (ie. fridges, freezers, dishwashers, dryers, washing machines) Include whitegoods in your holiday home or second residence, if you have one. If you share your house with other people divide the points by the number of people.
None - 0 points
One - 2 points
Two to three - 4 points
More than four - 6 points

7) How many rooms in your home?  Add on the number of rooms in your holiday home or second residence, if you own one (if you share your house with other people divide the points by the number of people).
One - 0 points
Two - 2 points
Three to five - 4 points
Six or more - 8 points

8) What sort of bathroom fittings are in your home?
Dual flush toilets and water efficient shower heads - 0 points
Dual flush toilets only - 1 point
Water efficient shower heads only - 1 point
Neither - 2 points

9) What sort of garden do you have?
No garden or one entirely watered by rainwater tank, greywater or rainfall - 0 points
Small garden watered by mains water supply - 1 point
Medium garden or water efficient garden - 2 points
Large garden and / or lots of lawn - 3 points

10) How many rooms in your house do you heat on cold days?
No rooms - 0 points
One or two rooms - 1 point
Three or four rooms - 2 points
More than 4 rooms - 3 points

11) How many rooms in your house do you cool on hot days using air conditioning?
No rooms - 0 points
One room - 1 point
Two rooms - 2 points
Three or more rooms - 3 points

12) How much overseas travel have you made in the past year?
None - 0 points
Less than one week - 1 point
One to two weeks - 2 points
More than two weeks - 3 points

13) How much domestic travel have you made in the past year?
None - 0 points
Less than two weeks - 1 point
Two weeks to one month - 2 points
More than a month - 3 points

14) Do your home energy needs come mainly from Green Power from an electricity retailer or your own renewable energy source? Yes - Minus 5 points
No - 0 points

YOUR SCORE

Less than 5 points - a little hard to believe, but if it's true you're an environmental saint.  Tell others about how you've managed to become so sustainable!

6 to 15 points - you're an inspiration to all of us!  Keep up the good work, and challenge your friends and neighbors to match your efforts.

16 to 25 points - you're not doing too badly but could do better.  See if there are a few simple actions on the list you can carry out today.

26 to 45 points - you've made a start, but to you've still got some work to do to really make some gains in reducing your greenhouse emissions, water consumption and waste.
 
More than 45 points - your lifestyle needs serious examination!  There are lots of changes you could and should make.

The Lifestyle Test was developed by the Australian Conservation Foundation and first appeared in Habitat Magazine, vol.32 no.4. For further information on the Test see www.acfonline.org.au The Test was written by ACF Sustainability Officer - Suzie Brown and ACF Strategies Director - Mike Krockenberger.

To find out more about how you can live more sustainably, review Clean Up Australia's Household Tips for a Healthier Environment Fact Sheet (links to pdf fact sheets page)

 

 

 
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