Ecological Footprinting – the definitive list

After some problems with formatting on our last message, here is the way it should have looked .. which is altogether much easier to work with!


During Wednesday evening’s session we will be working through a couple of practicals; one very basic online example which almost everyone will be able to do without additional data, the other a much more detailed example using a spreadsheet. Not everyone will have time (or inclination) to collect all the data required for the latter, but the more people that do the better opportunity we will have to examine differences between peoples lifestyle impacts, and uncover any inbuilt flaws in the methodology. I especially invite anyone that believes they currently live a low impact or globally equitable lifestyle to have a go at the detail ! Information needed for detailed example. The calculator uses spending as a metric for ecological loads, so apart from the obvious (use of power and fuel) most of the data needed is asked for in annual spend. The tool distinguishes between new and subsequent user purchases. In addition it excludes spending or uses on business activity- it is ONLY about domestic consumption, so be ready to consider what proportion of your vehicle use for example is domestic and how much business. For the purpose of demonstrating the tool and its application ball park figures are acceptable, if you are able to give a considered estimate for each item that will suffice (ie you are not asked to produce every receipt- we are not HMRC!)

Unless stated otherwise all data are annual amounts.

Household income (all members)

Grid Energy use in kWh (from bills) separated by type.
Off grid electricity in kWh Solar PV or wind.
Bottle gas ( 1kg LPG= 12.77kWh)
Biomass- logs. 1 tonne = 3850 kWh
Coal (includes coal based fuels) 1kg = 8.05 kWh
Oil 1 litre = 10kWh
We can share the arithmatic on the night if you’d rather- just bring your quantities as you have them

Rent/ mortgage
Capital cost of RE and water plant (over 15 years)
If self built- cost of home construction (over 15 years)
Maintennace of dwelling
Goods and services for home maintenance
Water supply and other services.

Travel by amounts spent
Purchase of vehicles
O&M of vehicles (service, parts, tyres etc.)
Rail tickets
Public road travel by bus or taxi
Journeys on water

Travel by distance
Private use, petrol
Private use diesel
Private use 100% biodiesel

Food bought in
Meat and derivatives (exc. poultry)
Poultry and derivatives
Fish and fish products
Fruit and veg
All oils and fats
Dairy products
Grains, starches and starch products
Bread and other bakery products
Cocoa, chocolate and suger confectionry
Other food products (inc. sugar)
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Eating out and takeaway meals.

Food grown by you
Compost bought in
Non organic fertilisers bought in
Garden equipemnt purchased
Animal feed (only count that proportion used to produce food you eat)
Size of plot- include domestic buildings but not land used for business; in square meters.

Consumer goods
Tobacco (inc. vaping products)
Second hand clothes
Second hand footwaer.
Furniture, soft furnishings, carpets.
Second hand furnishings
Household textiles
White goods, appliances
Kithchen and table ware
Second hand kithchen and table wares.
Tools and domestic equipment
Second hand tools etc.
Medical products, appliances and equipment
Telephony hardware
PC, audio, TV etc.
Any other durable recreation and cultural goods
Other recreational equipment
Print media, books, stationry
Personal care
Any personal effects not already listed


Accommodation services
Financial services not already included
Other services not included
UK residents spend abroad (holidaymakers)

Savings during year

All fuel spend in year, vehicles and home

These last two are to be used to check sum the totals for error.



Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday – and I reckon we might have to have a prize for anyone who comes along with all of this information ready at hand 🙂

Join us at 7.30pm in the Garden Room, Left Bank Village, Bridge Street, Hereford. 

1 Comment

  • Can anyone advise what sort of plug in meter to use to monitor my fridge/ freezer use of power. Think it is not so efficient these days. AA rated but oldish. Which ones are reliable? It seems a bit difficult to follow peoples feedback on sites I have looked at. (eg amazon and a few others)

    Ros Coles, clyro December 21, 2018

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