Here's a fact that might surprise you: our choices as individuals control a major portion of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. Just our home and transportation energy usage alone accounts for one third of the country's total emissions. Fortunately, we now have new, better, affordable choices—like rooftop solar, electric vehicles, and LED light bulbs—that enable you to significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Adopting these energy choices along with behaviors across other key categories like food, is what the Energy Aware Movement is all about. There's no sacrifice here—just better, more convenient, healthier choices that collectively are leading us to a better future. Check out the data below and download our Personal Energy Action Plan to chart out your personal path to energy awareness.
The graphics below represents the carbon dioxide emissions released annually as a result of our food, car, and home energy consumption. The first graphic shows the footprint of the average American individual; the second shows the reductions possible through Energy Aware choices.
Typical Carbon Footprint:
Energy Aware Footprint:
Want to take a meaningful step towards being more energy aware? This Personal Energy Action Plan printout is a good way to start. It's a "menu" of personal actions you can take to be energy aware, save money, and help secure a healthier future.
The list begins with the highest-impact solutions—clean energy, electrified transportation, and a plant-rich diet; additionally it covers the other major categories of energy consumption: home, mobility, and materials. While some of these items represent significant purchases that aren't made everyday, there are meaningful steps that can be taken across all categories. Even starting with the statement "my next car will be electric", for example, can be a meaningful place to start.
Print it, fill it out, and put it on your refrigerator. Being energy aware can start with actions of all sorts and sizes—making a plan is a good place to start.