How Much Carbon Pollution Do Your Appliances and Electronics Emit?
- Type(s) of fuel that the power plant supplying your house uses to generate the electricity you receive from it
- Amount of electricity you use
- Efficiency of your furnace
- Size of your house and how well it is insulated
- Amount and kind of fuel used to power your home
- Quantity of emissions from your automobile(s)
- Amount of driving you do
- Fuel efficiency of your vehicle
- Way you drive (Do you drive mostly on city streets, or on highways?)
- Amount of recycling you do
- Carbon Dioxide (65%) — from activities like fossil fuel burning and industrial activities.
- Methane (16%) — from waste management, biomass burning, and energy use.
- Carbon Dioxide (11%) — due to forestry and various other land uses.
- 6% is from Nitrous Oxide — from fertilizer use and burning fossil fuel.
- The remaining small percentage is from Fluorinated gasses (such as hydrofluorocarbons)— from industrial facilities, refrigeration, and a vast variety of consumer product uses.
- Electricity production — 29% of greenhouse gas emissions are for electricity. (Approximately 67% of electricity in the US is from fossil fuels, primarily coal and natural gas.)
- Transportation — 27% of emissions, mostly from burning fossil fuel. (More than 90% of fuel used for transportation in the US is petroleum-based (includes gasoline).
- Commercial and Residential — 12% of emissions are from burning fossil fuels to heat homes and businesses, handling of waste, and use of various consumer products.
- Industry — 21%, from burning fossil fuel to power facilities and equipment, and from some chemical processes.
- Agriculture — 9%, mostly from agricultural soil and livestock.
- Land Use and Forestry — accounted for the remaining percentage. However, the EPA reports that US managed forests and other lands absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere than they emit.
- Lower coal consumption
- Increased natural gas use in the electric power sector
- Warmer winters, lowering the demand for heating fuel in the commercial and residential sectors
- A small reduction in electricity demand
Electrical Appliances and Electronic Device
CO2 Emissions Per Hour (gr)1
Varies by cooking heat and burner size
Light Bulb (60 watt)
Energy-saving lightbulb (60 watt equivalent)
Varies by thermostat setting and climate
Hot Water Heater
Varies by temperature setting
Hair Blow Dryer
Varies by blade size and speed setting
Laptop or Desktop Computer
Varies by model
Electric Radiant Heater
Window Air Conditioner
- Switch to Energy Star appliances.
- Reduce energy usage time. Limit use of energy-consuming small appliances and electronic devices.
- Switch to a whole-home solar energy system to power your home.
- Recycle appliances and electronic devices to limit your net carbon footprint.
- Seek to purchase your electricity, electrical appliances, and electronic devices from manufacturers and disposal services that use alternative energy sources.
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