If you want to improve something in your life, be it energy efficiency or some skill that you have, from reading to gambling in an online casino, you need to do three things. First, you need to measure and understand where you are and what the current situation is. Secondly, you need to identify a specific, measurable goal that you would like to accomplish, be it energy consumption or something else, such as increasing the number of words you can read per minute or your success in poker games. Finally, you need to create a plan for how you are going to get from where you are to where you want to be.
To identify where you are in terms of energy consumption and energy efficiency, you can measure your ecological footprint. The footprint is a combination of water and land that you need to support your consumption of man-made goods, and natural goods and resources. Businesses should also be measuring their ecological footprint. For example, a casino can look at how much electricity and water it consumes during its hours of operation.
This ecological footprint is a way of describing how much energy you or your business need in the simplest terms, which is the growth of foods that people eat, mining of the energy, transportation costs and issues and the collection and recycling of waste.
A carbon footprint is included in the entire ecological footprint and measures the amount of carbon dioxide that goes into the air as a result of all the things you do and products you buy and consume.
Every day, people and businesses make decisions that have a direct impact on our planet, from choosing between a car, subway or a bus, between selecting a locally-farmed organic food versus choosing pre-packaged, processed food that needs to be transported a long distance.
Whether are you measuring your ecological footprint for yourself or for a business, it is very useful to think about the impact that all small individual decisions make on our planet.