You Can Reduce Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The average American generates 19 tons of carbon dioxide a year.
Carbon dioxide is the leading contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
If we want to have a healthy environment for our children and grandchildren, then how we act now matters.
Here are some actions for you to consider to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
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In Your Home
- Get a free home-energy audit. Learn More
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will make it easier for you to increase your home's energy efficiency and install clean heating and cooling technologies to lower your energy bills, reduce greenhouse gases, and make your home more comfortable year-round. These technologies include air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps (aka geothermal), and heat pump water heaters.
- Insulate your home.
- Add solar panels to your house. If your home is not suitable for solar panels, consider buying into a community solar array.
- Change to LED light bulbs. LED lights use about 75% less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs. Look for the Energy Star when purchasing LED bulbs.
- Investigate ways to buy clean energy. Central Hudson allows you to choose your energy provider. You can choose a provider who generates all or some of its electricity from renewable sources. Learn More.
- Unplug electronic devices when not in use. These "Always On" devices can consume 33% of your total energy usage.
- When buying new appliances, look for the energy star labels. Calculate the energy cost of appliances
- Reduce the load on your air conditioner by closing blinds, shades and drapes.
- Clean or replace HVAC filters every three months.
- Wash clothes in cold or warm water, not hot water.
- Use programmable thermostats.
In Your Life
- Use a bike instead of a car, when possible.
- Save gas. Car pool, and shop locally, when possible.
For every gallon of gas a car burns (in which a gallon is 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol), 18.9 pounds of carbon dioxide are released into the air.
- Drive a hybrid or fully electric car. You can earn up to a $7,500 federal tax credit, and up to a $2,000 New York State tax rebate.
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- Avoid plastic packaging, and reduce your plastic use. Use reusable, non-plastic bags when shopping. Learn More
- Reduce the amount of garbage going into the trash stream. This reduces greeenhouse gases generated by landfills. Learn More
- Plant trees. If you own a home, plant trees on your property. Trees can help offset the buildup of carbon dioxide in the air and reduce the greenhouse effect.
An acre of trees absorbs enough carbon dioxide in a year to equal the amount produced when you drive a car 26,000 miles. Learn More
While these individual actions seem small, we as citizens are collectively responsible for our share of greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, several of these suggestions will save on your electric bill.
Would you like to know what your estimated annual greenhouse emissions are? Try the EPA's Household Carbon Footprint Calculator.