A co-worker encouraged me to use Avista’s online carbon calculator today. Turns out my household is doing pretty well – about 17.3 tons of CO2 a year, compared to the national average of 41.5 tons.
The calculator is available for Avista customers with a My Account. Simply sign-in if you have an account and click on the graphic that says “Reduce your carbon footprint.” If you’ve yet to sign up for a My Account – now you have another reason. It takes just a few minutes to create an account that helps you dive deep into your energy usage, bill amounts, make payment arrangements, sign-up for services and many other features. Sign in now
There are many carbon calculators available online, but this one automatically pulls in your household energy usage, so you don’t have to do the math. It’s also calibrated for Avista’s unique energy mix. Avista is one of the greenest utilities in the nation, so it makes sense to have the specifics for our generation in your calculation. Other calculators are good, but use general information since all utilities and lifestyles differ.
You can adjust various elements, such as number of cars driven, number of people in the household, recycling habits and so on. The only thing I had to estimate was water usage (which the site did for me).
The whole thing took about five minutes. I encourage you to try it out.
What’s a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide or CO2. A Carbon Footprint is made up of two parts—a primary footprint and a secondary, or indirect, footprint. Our carbon calculator focuses on this primary footprint.