Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Is Your Electricity Clean? Find Out With this EPA Tool

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tool called the Power Profiler allows you to plug in your US zip code and get an idea of how clean (or dirty) your electricity is. The environmental impact of electricity varies greatly depending on where you live. In the US, electricity is generated in many different ways, from clean renewable sources of energy like wind and solar to dirty fossil fuel based sources like coal. Burning fossil fuels for electricity contributes toward unhealthy air quality, acid rain, and global climate change. While renewable sources of electricity are emissions free and do not pollute the air or contribute to global warming.

Use this tool to find out if your electricity providers offer green power. Where available choose cleaner, more environmentally friendly sources of energy.

Power Profiler will:

- Determine your power grid region based on your ZIP code and electric utility
- Compare the fuel mix and air emissions rates of the electricity in your region to the national average
- Determine the air emissions impacts of electricity use in your home or business
- Power Profiler is very easy to use and takes about 5 minutes. To start, all you need is your ZIP code.
- The Power Profiler report will show you the air emissions 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.

Power Profiler currently uses 2009 data from EPA’s Emissions Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID).

To use the Power Profiler tool click here.

© 2014, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved. 

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