How much of an impact does your home's air conditioning system have on the environment? Many homeowners are unaware how costly cooling their home via central air conditioning really is. Running an air conditioner for one hour can require burning more than 14 lbs of coal, which translates into even more expensive energy bills.
Calculate Your AC Carbon Footprint
Calculate the impact of your AC usage in the calculator below and see how many trees it would take to offset the CO2E emissions.
Calculations are representative of power source and consumption based on public information but may vary based on time of day, geography, residential power systems, and power supplier
Colorado Coal Consumption
While coal, natural gas, and renewable energy each provided about one-third of Colorado's electricity net generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Colorado still relies on coal-fired power plants to produce the majority of its electricity.
- Colorado's largest coal plant, Comanche Plant, located in Pueblo, CO, is scheduled to operate until 2040
- Energy efficiency of Colorado coal plants are in line with EPA coal consumption rates
- Xcel Energy in Colorado receives 26% of generated power from coal and natural gas plants
- Residential sector accounts for one-third of the state's energy consumption
- Central air conditioning systems are among the lest efficient home appliances, dependent more on traditional power sources
Lower Home Energy Use
Heating and air conditioning systems can account for up to 42% of your home's energy consumption.
So-called eco-friendly models are available in some markets, but installing a brand-new system is very expensive. Upgrading your existing system with energy efficient products offers better cost-savings, fewer emissions, and even more comfort.
Consider a 2,500 sqft home consuming 16.5 kW of power per hour running an AC into the evening. An energy-efficient whole house fan can run on just 166 watts per hour using fresh, cool air to cool the home instead. Adding a whole house fan to your current home cooling system eliminates the need to run your AC all day and night and, in many cases, replaces the need to run the AC at all.
A whole house fan can reduce your home's energy consumption by as much as 50-90%, lowering your home's carbon footprint, and dramatically lowering home energy costs.
Offset Your Carbon Footprint
Buy a Fan, Plant 5 Trees!
CHCD is donating a portion of every whole house fan sold in support of the National Forest Foundation’s 50 Million for Our Forests campaign, the largest campaign in support of reforesting our publicly-owned National Forests.
For every whole house fan sold, CHCD will fund the planting of 5 trees. Together, we'll restore thousands of acres of our National Forests.