From: NY Times
Published August 28, 2008 09:25 AM

Carbon Footprint: Saving at Home

YOU know your shoe size. But you probably don’t know your carbon footprint, particularly the footprint of your home.

“The term ‘carbon footprint’ is used to describe the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere each year by a person, household, building, organization or company,” said Cathy Milbourn, a spokeswoman for the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

One of the main sources of greenhouse gases is the home. “For individuals, about 40 percent of our carbon emissions come from our homes,” said Eric Carlson, the executive director of, an environmental group in Silver Spring, Md.

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