According to the EPA, two thirds of American greenhouse gas emissions are the direct result of energy use in homes, businesses, and industry. Unless your energy comes from a sustainable and clean source (such as solar panels), your electricity usage might indirectly be a great contributor to your carbon emissions.
Electricity conservation is a simple, effective way to balance one's carbon footprint, reduce costs for your organization, and increase your sensitivity to carbon matters.
The Carbon and More hydro tracker allows you to record:
- Whether energy used is renewable or not renewable;
- The amount of energy consumption, in kilowatt or megawatt hours;
- The source of energy used.
The combined energy mix allows your organization to evaluate its dependence on carbon-producing energy sources, and direct progress to a cleaner energy mix.
Green power generation is a rapidly emerging field—which means its costs are decreasing steadily as more and more generation comes online. Sites such as the U.S. Department of Energy's Green Power Locator
make it easy to source renewable energy providers in your area and reduce indirect carbon emissions. Such sites are available in many countries.
Carbon and More's hydro tool lets you account for the sources of your electricity usage, and both set and achieve appropriate goals for moving your organization's power source mix to carbon-low sources.
Sustainable electricity usage can be achieved through a mix of sourcing green power and electricity conservation. Here are a few tips to get started:
Choose energy efficient appliances and computer hardware
- Energy Star certified appliances and computer hardware are optimized to conserve energy, thus lowering both your electricity bills and carbon emissions.
- Several jurisdictions have active programs to award tax credits when upgrading to Energy Star—find out if you might be eligible to participate.
Unplug any AC adaptors at night
- AC adaptors for laptops and other computer equipment continue to pull power even when in standby mode. Unplugging AC adaptors or using a smart power strip, which turns off at night, eliminates that useless current draw.
Place your own solar panels, eco roof, or cool roof
- If your organization has available roof space, installing rooftop solar panels can make your carbon emissions—and your electricity bill—drop dramatically.
- Some jurisdictions have grants or tax credits available for installing solar panels, cool roofs, or eco roofs. You may be eligible to participate.