When dealing with climate change, using ENERGY STAR® certified products is a great place to start. Air King is proud to offer one of the largest selections of ENERGY STAR® Certified Exhaust Fans 和 Kitchen Range Hoods on the market today.
There are different ways to define what your carbon footprint is, but the basic definition is “the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, 事件, product or person.” The more complicated definition is: “A measure of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) 和 methane (CH4) emissions of a defined population, system or activity, considering all relevant sources, sinks 和 storage within the spatial 和 temporal boundary of the population, system or activity of interest. Calculated as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) using the relevant 100-year global warming potential (GWP100).” *
There are many simple steps you can take to offset your carbon footprint in the battle against climate change. Some are very easy to do immediately, like changing a light bulb. Others, like purchasing a car are bigger items that can be considered when it is needed. The best part is that they will have a side effect of saving you money. The chart below shows a few items that you can do 和 what impact they will have on reducing or offsetting your carbon footprint (numbers are approximate estimations only). Every wonder how much Greenhouse Gas you car produces a year? Scroll to the bottom of the page to use our calculator, then see what it would be if you reduced your driving by 20 miles a week or purchased a car with better gas mileage. 更好的是, an all electric car will take that number down to almost zero (electric cars do not produce GHGS but where the energy is generated to charge them might).
|Action Item||Cost Involved||GHGS Reduction Per Year**|
|Inc和escent Light Bulb to CFL||最低||34磅. 每个灯泡|
|Reduce your kilowatt-hour usage by 20 per month||免费的||200磅.|
|Reduce your driving by 20 miles a week||免费的||1000磅.|
|Perform regular maintenance on your vehicles||最低||800磅.|
|Purchase a vehicle with 10 miles per gallon better gas millage||重要的||3000磅.|
|Recycle your aluminum 和 steel cans||免费的||500磅.|
|Recycle your plastic 和 glass||免费的||300磅.|
|Recycle your paper||免费的||500磅.|
|Run your dishwasher only when full||免费的||100磅.|
|Enable the power saver feature on your computer 和 monitor||免费的||100磅.|
|Wash clothes in cold water rather than hot||免费的||200磅.|
|Purchase an ENERGY STAR certified washer||重要的||260磅.|
|Purchase an ENERGY STAR certified water heater||重要的||120磅.|
|Replace old furnace with ENERGY STAR certified model||重要的||3500磅.|
|Purchase an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator||重要的||350磅.|
|Replace single pane windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows||重要的||3000磅.|
|Turn your thermostat down by 2 degrees||免费的||300磅.|
|Turn up your air conditioner thermostat by 2 degrees||免费的||160磅.|
We have to start small to make a large impact. If one household changes 10 light bulb to ENERGY STAR certified lamps the total yearly greenhouse gases saved will be approximately 340 pounds. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but if 100 houses in your community do the same, then it is 34,000磅. If a million houses in your state do the same, now it is 340 million pounds, all by taking a simple step of changing a few light bulbs. 340 million pounds would be the equivalent of removing almost 27,000 cars from the road. Just think what the numbers could be across the country 和 then globally.
To learn more about climate change 和 how to reduce your carbon footprint, Air King recommends the following web sites:
EPA’s Web Site – http://www.环境保护署.政府 /
Use the calculator below to enter the current gas mileage of your car as well as how many miles you drive a year. Then see what it would be if you reduce your driving or buy a more efficient car. NOTE: Calculations are approximate estimations only 和 this is only for gas powered vehicles.