EMISSIONS CALCULATOR  
   
 

What Can You Do


Your Current Emissions

  Enter your data Pounds of carbon dioxide/year
The Basics

How many people live in your home?

 

How do you heat your house?

Electric Heat  
Natural Gas   Oil
 
Transportation
On average, how many miles do you put on your car(s)?


Per Week Per Year

225 miles/week is about average in the United States per vehicle.

What is the average gas mileage for your car (miles per gallon)?


If you're unsure, assume your car gets 22 miles per gallon, which is about average.


13,500 pounds is about
average per vehicle.
Home Energy
On average, how much do you pay for electricity each month?


$80 is about average in the United States for a household of two people.

Our calculations assume that you pay 8 cents/kWh. We estimate your emissions based on the national average mix of fuels used to generate electricity. Your actual emissions may be higher or lower depending on your electricity provider's power mix.


20,000 pounds is about average for a household of two people.

On average, how much do you spend on natural gas each month?
$50 is about average in the United States for a household of two people.

Our calculations assume that you pay $6.51/thousand cubic feet


11,000 pounds is about average for a household of two people.

On average, how much do you spend on fuel oil each month?


$50 is about average in the United States for a household of two people.

Our calculations assume that you pay $0.92/gallon


14,500 pounds is about average for a household of two people.

Waste
What proportion of recyclables (paper, glass, metals, plastics) does your household currently recycle? 25% is about average in the United States.


4,800 pounds is about average for a household of two people.

Your Total Emissions
  The calculator provides a rough estimate of your household's total emissions


60,000 pounds is about average in the United States for a household of two people.

 

What You Can Do to Reduce Emissions

Transportation
 

Amount of CO2
you can avoid per year

Buy a vehicle that gets more miles/gallon than your current one.
more miles per gallon

pounds

percent of your total emissions
Reduce the number of miles you drive by this amount.
Per Week
Per Year


miles

Walking, biking, carpooling, telecommuting, and using mass transit are good options.


pounds

percent of your total emissions
Home Energy
 

Amount of CO2
you can avoid per year

Replace 60-watt incandescent light bulbs with 13-watt ENERGY STAR lights. (Enter the number of bulbs you will replace.)

You'll get the same amount of light for less energy and lower monthly bills.
pounds

percent of your total emissions
Replace your old refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR model. Will you take this action?
Yes   No 


New refrigerators cost much less to operate than old ones.
pounds

percent of your total emissions
Turn up your air conditioner thermostat by degrees Fahrenheit in summer.

You'll save money as well as reduce your emissions.
pounds

percent of your total emissions
Turn down your heating thermostat by degrees Fahrenheit on winter nights.

Dropping the heat at night can make a difference.
pounds

percent of your total emissions

Replace single-glazed windows with ENERGY STAR windows. Will you take this action?
Yes   No



This step can save you a bundle in cold or hot climates.


pounds

percent of your total emissions
Replace old gas or oil furnace or boiler with an ENERGY STAR model. Will you take this action?
Yes 
No 
New models are much more efficient and cheaper to run.
pounds

percent of your total emissions
Waste
 

Amount of CO2
you can avoid per year

Above, you reported a recycling rate of percent. Could you increase the fraction of paper, glass, metals, and plastics that you recycle? If so, by what percentage?


percent more

For example, if you think you could increase recycling in your household from 25% to 35%, enter "10" in the cell above.


pounds

percent of your total emissions
Examples of source reduction activities include buying food in bulk and reusing garbage bags, glass bottles, plastic containers, etc. Could you reduce a portion of your household waste? If so, by how much?

percent

For example, if you think you could reduce the waste you generate by 20 percent, enter "20" in the cell above.


pounds

percent of your total emissions
Your Totals
If you took all the actions listed above, you would reduce your emissions by
pounds per year

percent of your total emissions
Your new total annual CO2 emissions would be
pounds per year
 
 

 

 
 

 
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

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