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United States Environmental Protection Agency
How Clean Is the Electricity I Use?


 

What Air Emissions Are Caused by the Electricity I Use?

The table below presents the estimated pounds of pollutants attributable to the electricity you use in your home or business during one year, along with a description of what these numbers mean in everyday terms. It also repeats the earlier chart that compares your region's air emissions rates to the national average.

 ZIP code: 32606

Distribution Utility: Gainesville Regional Utilities

YOUR ANNUAL EMISSIONS

1
What Are My Annual Emissions?
This is an estimate of the pounds of air pollutants caused by the electricity you use in your home or business during one year.

39

pounds of nitrogen oxides

65

pounds of sulfur dioxide

16,364

pounds of carbon dioxide

Note: Your annual emissions include an adjustment for line losses of 9 percent.

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

2
What Do these Numbers Mean in Real Terms?

An image of cars on the road.

Adding one car to the road results in 11,450 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Adding one SUV to the road results in 16,035 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. For example, if your annual carbon dioxide emissions are 16,000 pounds, that equals adding approximately 1 SUV or 1.4 cars to the road for one year.

An image of trees.

You would need to plant 1.35 acres of trees to absorb 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide in one year. For example, if your annual emissions of carbon dioxide are 20,000 pounds, you would need to plant 2.7 acres of trees to absorb that amount.

 

EMISSIONS RATE COMPARISON

2
What Are the Emissions in My Area?
This chart compares the average emissions rates (lbs/MWh) in your geographical region to the national average emissions rates (lbs/MWh) for nitgrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide.

Legend explaining that green represents National Emissions Rates and blue represents Your Region's Emissions Rates

 

3.3
3.0
5.5
6.0
1390
1392
    Nitrogen
Oxide
    Sulfur
Dioxide
    Carbon
Dioxide
 

 

WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Be More Energy Efficient

Find out how you can make a difference by making your home or business more energy efficient.

Buy Green Power

Learn how you can buy green power (power generated from renewable energy sources) for your home or business.

 

Note: The information reported above is derived from EPA's eGRID database for calendar year 2000.