Don’t Be Afraid: Rate Yourself

photo by: GordonThe amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere has raised about 35% since the Industrial Age, which would be just another boring statistic if it wasn’t for the fact that the gas plays a crucial role in climate change. The levels of CO2 have been climbing, due in large part to what is often unnecessary human activity, and raising the global temperature all the while. In addition to these emissions, we’re also responsible for producing mass amounts of wasteful electricity and the burning of other fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. But whereas these actions once had practically imperceptible effects on our environment, our Earth is now starting to tell us otherwise, and it may not be too late to undo some of the damage. And fortunately for all of us, there are people out there that can help us do just that, whether you’re 20 years young, 80 years old, or somewhere in-between.

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CO2 emissions resulting from transportation create 14% of the world’s human activity-related emissions.

Electricity causes about 2.6 billion tons of CO2 emissions annually, making it the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the U.S.

About 228 million metric tons of CO2 are emitted annually from jet fuel use, which we contribute to when we travel.

But BeGreen offers tips and insight on how we can reduce our CO2s and offset the negative impact, whether through our vehicles, electricity use, travel, or natural gas use. All are present in their easy-to-use carbon calculator. No one should pass up such an easy opportunity to help make our footprint a little lighter, because as they say at BeGreen, “If you’re not neutral, you’re moving backwards.”

The Maryland Home Performance program, supplemented with ENERGY STARĀ®, offers clients a way to both reduce their energy bills and decrease their home’s contribution to negative impacts like climate change. A Maryland Home Performance Contractor is trained to diagnose the home for things like hot or cold rooms, mold or moisture problems, and other hidden causes for high energy bills. At the end of the process, one can be assured that in addition to lower bills, they have also improved the indoor air quality for their home and family, as well as improved the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

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