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Calculate Your Household Emissions


Use this online calculator to obtain an estimate of your personal greenhouse gas emissions or your family’s greenhouse gas emissions. Then move on to the next section of the calculator to explore actions you and/or your family can take to lower your emissions while reducing your energy and waste disposal costs. For each action you choose to take, the calculator displays the amount of emissions you could avoid and how that amount relates to your total emissions.

Your Current Household Emissions
  Enter your data Pounds of carbon dioxide/year*
The Basics
How many people live in your home?  
How do you heat your house? Natural Gas  
Electric Heat   Oil
 
Transportation
On average, how many miles do you put on your car(s)?
Per Week Per Year

231 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 don’t know your car’s fuel economy, you can look it up at fueleconomy.gov.

12,100 pounds is about
average per vehicle over a year.
Home Energy
What is your average monthly gas bill?
$105 is about average in the United States for a household of two people.

Our calculations assume that you pay $13.83/thousand cubic feet

11,000 pounds is about average for a household of two people over a year.
What is your average monthly electric bill?
$100 is about average in the United States for a household of two people.

Our calculations assume that you pay 10 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.

16,290 pounds is about average for a household of two people over a year.
What is your average monthly fuel oil bill?
$130 is about average in the United States for a household of two people.

Our calculations assume that you pay $2.37/gallon

14,500 pounds is about average for a household of two people over a year.
Waste
Based on the number of people in your household, the box at right shows your estimated greenhouse gas emissions from waste. However, if you currently recycle certain materials, your waste emissions may be lower. Total Waste Emissions Before Recycling
2,020 pounds is about average for a household of two people over a year.
Which of the following products do you currently recycle in your household?    
Do you recycle newspaper? Yes  No 
Pounds of carbon dioxide/year
Do you recycle glass? Yes  No 
Pounds of carbon dioxide/year
Do you recycle plastic? Yes  No 
Pounds of carbon dioxide/year
Do you recycle aluminum and steel cans? Yes  No 
Pounds of carbon dioxide/year
   Total Waste Emissions After Recycling
Pounds of carbon dioxide/year
Your Total Emissions
  The calculator provides a rough estimate of your household's total emissions
41,500 pounds is about average in the United States for a household of two people over a year.
What You Can Do to Reduce Emissions
On the Road
   

Amount of CO2
you can avoid per year

Are you in the market for a new car? Buy a vehicle that gets more miles per gallon than your current one.
more miles per gallon

The Fuel Economy Web site can help you find efficient vehicles.

pounds

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

When running errands, combine trips. Using mass transit, carpooling, telecommuting, biking and walking are also good options.

pounds

percent of your total emissions
At Home
   

Amount of CO2
you can avoid per year

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 75-watt incandescent light bulbs with 25-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. By replacing the five most frequently used lights in your home with ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, you can save about $60 each year in energy costs.
pounds

percent of your total emissions
Replace your old refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR model. Will you take this action?
Yes   No
New refrigerators, especially ENERGY STAR models, cost much less to operate than old ones.
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
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

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
Waste
Based on your selection, you indicated that
Yes  No 
Pounds of carbon dioxide/year

percent of your total emissions
Could you also recycle magazines? Yes  No 
Pounds of carbon dioxide/year

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
 

*Emissions from waste and emissions savings from recycling are expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents.

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