Monday, August 31, 2009

Coal: By the Numbers


Sometimes something as purely simple as a few digits can show us what we are doing to our world. A while back I came across some such numbers in the Sierra Club magazine which really made things more clear to me and at least got me thinking, if not changing behavior. I thought sharing them with you might do the same.

162

Pounds of coal it takes to light a house with incandescent lightbulbs for just a month.

79

Pounds of coal it takes to run an electric dryer for a month.

170

Pounds of coal it takes to heat water for the average U.S. household for a month.

235

Pounds of coal it would take to warm the average U.S. household for a month.

1,140

Total pounds of coal the average U.S. household uses in coal each month, resulting in...

3,369

Pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

What are you thinking? Are you inspired to change anything? What can you change?

1 comment:

Lucy Pursglove said...

The use of fossil fuels is rediculous in this day and age. We need sensible renewables, the more the better!
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