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Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Updated: Feb 11

What does the scale of your company's greenhouse gas emissions look like? The Environmental Protection Agency offers a nifty tool to help you visualize your impact on the environment.

Global climate change is an increasingly serious concern for all of us. National leaders are working together to find solutions and alternatives to these issues, though progress is not always easy to see. As individuals and corporations, we can take the initiative to make an impact in our own spheres of influence to realize immediate results.

First, it helps to understand and visualize your current impact on the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a neat calculator that estimates your carbon dioxide emissions and translates them from abstract measurements to concrete equivalencies you can understand.

This is a good way to truly understand the scale of your individual contribution to climate change. Then, we can move on to setting significant and achievable goals based on this estimate.

We've calculated a sample scenario below to demonstrate.

Here is a typical scenario for our customers:

Assume we have 20 traditional metal-halide street lights that run 10 hours per day.

A typical metal-halide bulb will consume 250 W per hour for 10 hours, or 2.5 kWh per day. Since we have 20 lights, we multiply 2.5 kWh times 20, resulting in 50 kWh of energy consumption in one day.

To calculate energy consumption for a year, we multiply 50 kWh times 365 days and get 18,250 kWh per year for the scenario. Then we put that number into the calculator and get:

13.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year

But what does 13.6 metric tons even look like? The EPA is a step ahead of you and has created this handy-dandy visual comparison:

By switching 20 traditional metal-halide street lights to 20 of our renewable lighting systems with LED light fixtures, our typical customer could significantly reduce their environmental impact. Since our renewable lighting systems are self-sustained by solar and wind energy, they use no energy from traditional on-grid energy sources and effectively produce zero carbon dioxide emissions.

A single decision can prevent emissions equivalent to the consumption of 1,528 gallons of gas or the burning of 14,860 pounds of coal every year by simply replacing inefficient street lights. As an added bonus, avoiding the use of on-grid energy knocks out monthly utility bills and saves you money while you save the environment.

Making this investment drives an immediate reduction in greenhouse gases and stands as proof of your efforts to help build a more sustainable society. Contact us today to see how you can minimize your carbon footprint and leave a better Earth for future generations.

Updated February 11, 2021 - minor changes