06 May '11, 10pm

Thx @OnEarthMag @NRDC fr posting my piece "As You Spring Clean, Scrub Some Coal Out of Your Life" #energy #efficiency

There's one big reason why making your home more efficient should be at the top of your spring cleaning list: there's a good chance your home is addicted to coal. Did you know the average home produces twice as many emissions as the average car ? Just because your home doesn't have a tailpipe, doesn't mean that all the electricity you use for lights, TV, phones and computers is carbon-neutral. In fact, nearly 50 percent of our nation's electricity comes from burning coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel. If you've heard the word "fracking" then you know the natural gas you use for cooking and home heating also carries an environmental price tag. Likewise the water in our homes has to be treated and pumped -- often hundreds of miles - and once it goes down the drain it has to be pumped back and treated again -- all of which takes more coal-fired energy. In fact, the average Americ...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/this-earth-day-take-a-bite-ou...

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