When power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By using less energy at home, you help reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change.
Climate change is a real, urgent, & global challenge
Human activities such as electricity production & transportation add significant amounts of carbon pollution to the atmosphere.
Carbon pollution, along with other greenhouse gases, is the primary cause of most of the global temperature rise over the past 50 years.
The impacts of global warming include:
Unchecked carbon pollution threatens human health, society, and ecosystems.
To learn more about climate change and what you can do to reduce its impacts, visit: epa.gov/climatechange
Annual household electricity use: 12,000 kWh
Annual household emissions: 24,000 lbs CO2
A breakdown of the largest components of the typical house's annual utility bill: $2,000 total
29% Heating; 13% Cooling; 12% Lighting; 13% Water Heating; 5% Washer & Dryer
If it's time to replace your heating system, consider ENERGY STAR.
Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115.
138 pounds = The annual emissions from 1.2 million cars
If just 1 household in 10 bought heating and cooling equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR, we would prevent annual greenhouse gas emissions of 13 billion pounds (1.2 million cars)
For more information visit: energystar.gov/heating
Learn more at energystar.gov. EPA's ENERGY STAR program offers tips & product information to help you fight climate change in your own home.
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