If the average fuel economy in
the United States was increased by 5 miles per gallon, we'd save
25 billion gallons of gas a year.
If every American household replaced traditional lightbulbs with
Energy Star compact flourescent lightbulbs, the energy saved would
be like taking 8 million cars off the road.
Commercial and Residential Buildings:
- use about 37% of the energy and 68% of all electricity consumed
in the United States
- produce about one third of carbon dioxide emissions
- generate waste during construction and often don't consider
the effect of increased transportation urban sprawl on the community
Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, where
pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than outdoor
Extra energy trapped by greenhouse gases is enough to light a
100-watt lightbulb every 6 meters over the globe.
Should global warming continue at its current pace, there will
be an 18°F change in temperature by the year 2100. Polar ice
caps will melt, causing a sea-level rise that would put almost
all of Florida and Louisiana and most of Washington, D.C. and
New York City under water.