Controlling Pollution

 

U.S. Electric power plants contribute to greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. Saving electric power directly reduces these pollutants and saves you money as well.
Facts
In 1995, the U.S. produced 2,995 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from the following sources:
Coal: 1,653 billion KWH
Nuclear: 673 billion KWH
Gas: 307 billion KWH
Hydroelectric: 296 billion KWH
Petroleum: 61 billion KWH
Geothermal: 4.7 billion KWH
Biomass: 1.6 billion KWH
Wind: .01 billion KWH
Photovoltaic: .004 billion KWH
In 1995 electricity production emitted 1,968 million tons of carbon dioxide. The average household used its electricity in the following ways:
Refrigeration: 14%
Air conditioning: 14%
Space heating: 12%
Water heating: 10%
Lights: 10 %
TV: 7%
Clothes dryer: 5%
Freezers: 4%
Range/oven: 3%
Other: 21%
Links
Demand-side management refers to saving electricity at the end point of use – in customers’ homes. Although changes in the electric industry, toward more competition, may affect demand-side management programs, many electric utilities are offering ideas and incentives to save energy. Below are links to sites with electric savings help.
Trace the Energy Dollar. Gulf Power provides a chart and lists power usage for household appliances.
Southern California Edison providces many ideas for saving electricity throughout the home.
It costs more to operate an electric hot water heater than a gas one. Consider replacing an old electric one with a gas Hot Water Heater.
When buying a computer for home, be sure to look for EPA’s Energy Star logo. Computers and monitors participating in the Energy Star program have special energy-saving features.

pollution

U.S. Electric power plants contribute to greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. Saving electric power directly reduces these pollutants and saves you money as well.
Facts
In 1995, the U.S. produced 2,995 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from the following sources:
Coal: 1,653 billion KWH
Nuclear: 673 billion KWH
Gas: 307 billion KWH
Hydroelectric: 296 billion KWH
Petroleum: 61 billion KWH
Geothermal: 4.7 billion KWH
Biomass: 1.6 billion KWH
Wind: .01 billion KWH
Photovoltaic: .004 billion KWH
In 1995 electricity production emitted 1,968 million tons of carbon dioxide. The average household used its electricity in the following ways:
Refrigeration: 14%
Air conditioning: 14%
Space heating: 12%
Water heating: 10%
Lights: 10 %
TV: 7%
Clothes dryer: 5%
Freezers: 4%
Range/oven: 3%
Other: 21%
Links
Demand-side management refers to saving electricity at the end point of use – in customers’ homes. Although changes in the electric industry, toward more competition, may affect demand-side management programs, many electric utilities are offering ideas and incentives to save energy. Below are links to sites with electric savings help.
Trace the Energy Dollar. Gulf Power provides a chart and lists power usage for household appliances.
Southern California Edison providces many ideas for saving electricity throughout the home.
It costs more to operate an electric hot water heater than a gas one. Consider replacing an old electric one with a gas Hot Water Heater.
When buying a computer for home, be sure to look for EPA’s Energy Star logo. Computers and monitors participating in the Energy Star program have special energy-saving features.