In general, energy comes to your home in three forms: power lines (electricity), “gas” pipes or delivery truck (natural gas, propane, and fuel oil), and from the pump (gasoline and diesel).
Most of these energy sources contribute to your carbon footprint because of carbon released to the atmosphere to obtain, deliver, and consume them in your home.
Depending on its source, each form of energy creates a different carbon trail as it travels to and through your home. The carbon trail and the amount of energy you use in your home determine your household carbon footprint.
See how a rural and suburban family in the upper Midwest use energy and build their carbon footprint.
Developed for the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.