I've been talking with friends and coworkers about how I can reduce the amount of pollution generated by my house (heating the air, heating the water, cooking the food, etc.) Everybody has a different suggestion -
- Replace my natural gas water heater with electric
- Put solar panels on the roof
- Buy wind energy credits
- Carbon offsets
- Don't replace my electric oven with gas (which I had been thinking about, since I hear how great they are for cooking)
I'm thinking that each of these has an amount of carbon reduced, and a cost, resulting in a "carbon per dollar" value. And yes, I realize that will require a calculation that is specific to my house, my specific energy usage, and how my electric utility generates its electricity.
Is there a resource that lets me figure out, for each one, (1) how much of an impact it actually has, and (2) how much would it cost, so I can figure out the carbon reduced per dollar?