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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.


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See how a rural and suburban family in the upper Midwest use energy and build their carbon footprint.

ELECTRICITY AND CO2 FOOTPRINT

Electricity use contributes the largest share of the household carbon footprint for these families. See how.

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HOME FUELS AND CO2 FOOTPRINT

Home fuels contribute the least to the household carbon footprint of these families. See why.

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TRANSPORTATION AND CO2 FOOTPRINT

Transportation is an important component of the lives of these Midwestern families and of their household carbon footprint. See how.

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Developed for the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.