EPA has developed tools to help individuals (and households) reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and take action. Businesses and organizations
interested in educating their employees and members about what they can do at
home to help protect our climate can also use these tools.
Use this online calculator to obtain an estimate of your personal
greenhouse gas emissions or your family’s greenhouse gas emissions. Then
move on to the next section of the calculator to explore actions you and/or
your family can take to lower your emissions while reducing your energy and
waste disposal costs. For each action you choose to take, the calculator
displays the amount of emissions you could avoid and how that amount relates
to your total emissions.
Instructions for using the calculator:
Allow yourself 10-15 minutes to enter the data.
To get the most accurate results, gather your recent electric, gas,
and/or oil bills so you can use real numbers for your household’s energy
After entering data, use the TAB key to continue moving through the
The calculator is designed to give you a rough “ballpark” estimate
of your emissions and the savings you may achieve from taking certain
actions. If you have more specific information (i.e. square footage of
your home), try using one of the calculators listed below.
This calculator provides an estimate of household greenhouse gas emissions
resulting from household energy use and waste disposal, and it gives you
information you can use to identify ways to reduce your personal greenhouse
gases. The What
You Can Do section of the climate change site identifies 30 action steps
that individuals can take to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, increase the
nation's energy independence, and save money.