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Global Climate Change

Global climate change represents an unparalleled challenge in the history of mankind. Humans have faced many natural and man made disasters that have dramatically shaped our existence. But it appears that human existence is quickening any natural global climate change.

Following are three websites that will provide you with the information you need to know about climate change.

Environmental Protection Agency – Climate Change, Basic Information
NASA – Global Climate Change; Vital signs for the planet
Union of Concerned Scientists – Confronting the Realities of Climate Change

Emission Reductions Under our Control

The average American produces about 59 tons of carbon per year per CO2 Emmissions US vs Worldhousehold. In comparison, households in the rest of the world produce about 9.5 tons of emissions. As individual households we are in a leadership position in creating emissions; so it is critical that we take a leadership position in reducing CO2 emissions.

41 percent of the emissions each household produces falls in the category of Direct Emissions that are to a large degree under our control. 12.4 tons of those emissions are for household operations of heating, cooling, hot water, appliances, lights and refrigeration. 11.7 tons are emitted by our personal transportation.

Emission Reductions in Household Operations

The 12.4 tons of CO2 produced annually by household operations presents the largest opportunity for an individual home owner to reduce CO2 emissions.

Insulation and Windows Emission Reductions

Up until now, homeowners only had only partial measures available to them. Two of the most popular are insulation and new windows. Both are credited with achieving up to a 20% reduction in heating and cooling costs. But to reach that 20%, insulation has to start with a home that has the bare minimum of insulation. And the windows being replaced must be the older single pane windows. If the house starts with better insulation and better windows, the savings will be much less.

If you can achieve the maximum of 20% for insulation, you will reduce emissions by 1.3 tons. If you then do windows, and are able to achieve the maximum 20% of the remaining heating and cooling emissions, that equals another 1.07 tons of emissions. So achieving the maximum 20% emissions reductions for heating and cooling by insulation and installing windows achieves a total of 2.4 tons of CO2 emissions. This is certainly good for the environment.

Geolar Emission Reductions

But Geolar in Minnesota can eliminate all 12.4 tons of emissions for household operations. That is 4 times, or 417% more emissions reductions that doing both insulation and windows. And Geolar achieves this reduction every time it hits net zero.

The investment required for insulation and windows is significant, and the pay back is stretched out for decades. The investment in Geolar is quite similar and the payback is shorter, typically less than 10 years.

If you are concerned about the environment and are looking for what you can do personally to reduce CO2 emissions in the fight against global climate change, then Geolar is your best option!

Transportation

The second greatest source of emissions under the control of the individual homeowner is transportation. Advances in electric cars is now putting this category in play as well.

Adding an electric car to a Geolar system is going to significantly increase the size of the solar array needed to meet the electrical requirements of both household operations and transportation. We are just starting to explore this option, but the early signs are very promising.

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