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How Low Can You Go: Tips on Lowering Your Home's Carbon Footprint

How Low Can You Go? TIPS TO LOWER YOUR HOME'S CARBON FOOTPRINT Carbon dioxide accounted for about 82% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in 2012 The main human + SOURCES OF FOSSIL FUELS FOR ENERGY activity that emits CO, is the combustion of fossil fuels *. for energy COAL NATURAL GAS OIL Carbon Dioxide Emissions 1990-2012 7,000 6,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 1,000 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 200 0 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 What a Waste! Electricity IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF CO, EMISSIONS 32% 38% 14% 6% 9% Electricity Transportation Industry Residential and Other (non-fossil fuel consumption) commercial MORE THAN 20% OF OUR TOTAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN THE U.S. IS RESIDENTIAL THE U.S. IS THE yth largest PER CAPITA CONSUMER OF RESIDENTIAL ENERGY The average household... + Spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills + Has at least 20 electrical appliances that continue to use electricity even when they're turned off + This costs consumers $3 billion a year $200 per household %3D » The energy used to support the standby power of these appliances when they're off is equivalent to 7 electrical generating plants IIII ----- How Much Electricity do Appliances Use? > COST/YEAR $48 $96 $144 $192 $240 Hair Dryer 2 Video Game System 3 Toaster Oven Coffee Maker 5 Laptop 6 DVD Player 7 Ceiling Fan 12 8 Clothes Washer 9 Dishwasher 10 Microwave 11 TV 12 Desktop Computer 13 Refrigerator or Freezer 14 Pool Pump 15 Clothes Dryer Water Heater (Household of 2) H KWH/YEAR 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Shrink your Footprint IN 2010, ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES... Energy efficient appliances would eut standby power + Reduced greenhouse + Saved nearly $18 billion on energy consumption by gas emissions 72% bills equivalent to those from 33 million vehicles ENERGYSTAR products and energy efficient practices can save households more than $700 $2 BILLION = 3 MILLION per year Replace Your Appliances with EnergyStar Versions + Dishwasher + Refrigerator 16.5-18.9 cubic feet + Clotheswasher made between made between 1994-2000 made between 1994-2003 1990-1992 AN ENERGYSTAR REPLACEMENT WOULD PAY FOR ITSELF IN... 11 years IF YOU LIVE IN CA 5 years IF YOU LIVE IN CA 6 years IF YOU LIVE IN CA 8 years IF YOU LIVE IN NY 4 years IF YOU LIVE IN NY 4 years IF YOU LIVE IN NY ...00... 12 years IF YOU LIVE IN TX 6 years IF YOU LIVE IN TX .00000... ... . 6 years IF YOU LIVE IN TX 7 years H IF YOU LIVE IN IL 14 years IF YOU LIVE IN IL 7 years IF YOU LIVE IN IL •0000.... The data was gathered from a number of sources, including: ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy; the Department of Energy's Energy Savers program; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Energy End-Use Forecasting Group and Standby Power program; utility companies, including Pacific Gas & Electric and Flathead Electric Cooperative; and Consumer Reports. Tips to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Appliances Plug appliances into a power strip so they are easier to turn off with one pull Unplug appliances that you aren't using Refrigerator -Freezer Position it in the Do not open often * coolest place in Increases the kitchen amount of energy consumed Leave a gap of at least 10 cm Leads to overheating of food 10 above and below for ventilation Remove frost as it consumes more energy Set the thermostat according to room temperature Do not overfill Excessively low Causes increased temperatures energy consumption and poor cooling increase energy consumption by 10-15% and do not Do not place hot preserve food any better products inside Causes greater energy consumption Position food according to preservation May deteriorate other products inside requirements Lower is generally the coolest Stove or Oven When boiling water, cover with Turn on the oven (I) only when necessary a lid Don't preheat too far in advance or open Saves both time and energy the oven unnecessarily Use a pressure cooker if food Reuse unsalted cooking water once it cools, for watering plants requires a long time to cok Reduces cooking time and saves energy Dishwasher Remove dirt from Clean dishwasher filters regularly dishes to prevent clogging the filter Build up prevents water from draining and reduces washing effectiveness Arrange dishes correctly Only use when fully loaded Use “economy" wash for dishes that are not very dirty Lower temperature, washes without drying Washing Machine Purchase a Only use when machine with a low fully loaded water consumption rating (class A) High initial investment that pays off over time Disposing of Appliances + TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT TO A MINIMUM, FIRST + IF IT HAS TO BE DISPOSED OF... consider reusing all or some of your appliances... Contact the authorized waste disposal center in your city Try to separate the components that can be recycled: IN A VACATION IN A GARAGE НОМЕ Wood, glass, aluminum, steel Contact your local disposal center when disposing of electrical and electronic appliances, which contain materials that BY DONATING TO BY SELLING AT are harmful to the A CHARITY A FLEA MARKET environment Updating your appliances and making changes in how you use them day-to-day can greatly reduce your home's carbon footprint. Consider making the change today to decrease your energy bills while helping the environment. ENERGYSTAR.GOV EPA.GOV GOLDENGATEXPRESS.ORG REALCLEARENERGY.ORG SCAVOLINI.U S VISUALIZATION.GEBLOGS.COM NEWS.CORNELL.EDU BROUGHT IN PARTNERSHIP P PartSelect TO YOU BY WITH GHERGICH&Co. CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS MILLION METRIC TONS CO, EQUIVALENT

How Low Can You Go: Tips on Lowering Your Home's Carbon Footprint

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Americans use a lot of electricity. In fact, the United States is the 7th largest per capita consumer of residential energy. Twenty percent of all electricity is used residentially. In order to help l...

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