According to reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans have among the worst carbon emission rates per-person. Approximately one-quarter of the energy used in the standard American household is used for ambient heating. Roughly 13 percent is used for heating water, and just over 10 percent is used for air conditioning. The remainder is used to power household appliances. By making even minor changes to our home heating and cooling habits, we can make a significant difference in the amount of energy we use, and therefore the amount of carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere. Here are a few ways you can reduce your carbon footprint at home. (If you want to learn how much energy you use before you implement the following adjustments, this energy use calculator can help you estimate your output.)
Reducing your carbon footprint might require a holistic set of lifestyle changes, but not only will you help lower the volume of greenhouse gasses you generate, but you’ll also save money.
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