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Main sources of household emission.
Making your home green does not always cause you spending extra cost. It could basically achieved by changing way of life and taking control on the household emission and pollutants generated from our daily life.
Here are some main sources from which your home may contributing household emission that generating greenhouse gas :
· Electricity use: every use of electricity at home generates emission. From the morning you get up, swichting on the lamp, brewing coffee, toasting bread, shaving, watching TV, each time we turn on electrical appliances we start generating emission. Emissions from electricity generation occur at the power plants that supply your electricity. The less we use electricity the less emission produced.
· Heating and cooling: This is the biggest home energy consumer, with the average household emission spewing about four tons of heat-trapping pollution a year. According to Energy Information Administration (EIA), in the residential and commercial sectors, heating and cooling account for more than 40 percent of end-use energy demand. Winter always boosts up CO2 emission, generated from the furnace and boilers. Electric heaters, solar heater, gas heater or open fire are amongst common selection of heaters. Each kind of heater has different effect to the environment, so to attain a green home, it is important for you to learn the details before selecting one. In the U.S., greenhouse gas emissions associated with heating are about half those associated with home electricity use. In summer, air conditioners also contribute significant greenhouse emission. Choosing both furnace and air conditioner with most energy saving will make a great support in realizing a green living way.
· Waste: The greenhouse gases associated with waste from your home occur at the landfill that receives your garbage. Most of us don’t realize that from each pound of garbage we throw away, we emit about 0.94 pounds of CO2. Every year, average people in U.S. throws away 1,130 pounds of trash per year, sending out 1,060 pounds of CO2 to the atmosphere. You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide a year by recycling half of the waste your household generates. Earth 911 can help you find recycling resources in your area. Consider also the chemical waste such found in cleaners, paints, pesticides, batteries etc. that are hazardous not only to the house occupants, but also to other people and environment. One important step of a green living is as much possible minimize the waste.
· Driving : Another activity that sources significant greenhouse gas is driving. In 2008, U.S. drivers used 9.26 million barrels of gasoline a day. One barrel equals to 42 gallons, and according to EPA . CO2 emitted from a gallon of gasoline is 8.8 kg or 19.4 pounds. Just imagine how much we send the greenhouse gas to the atmosphere from US alone. Therefore green driving and choosing a green car which can cut the emission to up 50% offer a great help in protecting the environment.
According to the above, first steps to create a green home should be starting from managing those 4 issues. In other words, a green home can be accomplished by minimizing the energy used at home, setting smart heating and cooling systems and maintaining a good control on waste and practice a green driving. Those surely will help saving this planet from global warming potential.