Many people are blissfully unaware of what it takes to make their everyday lives possible. Whether it be in how or what we drive, where or how we live; many facets of modern life have an environmental impact that the masses just don't know about. That's why the results of a survey conducted by Johns Manville regarding the consumption of energy and the creation of greenhouse gases are not all that surprising. First, the statistics:

  • 44 percent said that road transportation ranked as the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 35 percent said road transportation ranked as the single largest consumer of energy in the U.S.
  • 12 percent said that residential buildings ranked as the single largest consumer of energy in the U.S.
  • 4 percent said that residential buildings ranked as the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 6 percent said that commercial buildings ranked as the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions

The reality is quite different from that perception. According to our source article, the U.S. residential sector ranks as the single largest energy consumer in the world, and homes worldwide account for 25 percent of total energy use. "Many homeowners don't realize that a typical house releases almost twice as much carbon dioxide annually as a typical car," said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.

So, while it is certainly very important to be sure your car is as energy efficient as it can be, you should try and be sure that your home's up to snuff too.

[Source: Johns Manville via Environmental Leader]



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