It is estimated that the average household in London, living in a single-family home, spent over $450 every month on energy in 2019. Over half of this, about $240, was spent on gasoline. Electricity accounted for about $100 per month, while natural gas was under $80 per month.
In terms of household greenhouse gas emissions, the average household emitted almost 10.5 tonnes per year. As with cost, almost half (49%) of this comes from burning gasoline. Natural gas used for space heating and water heating accounts for 41 percent of emissions. Organic waste in the landfill accounts for about seven percent. Given Ontario’s clean electricity grid, electricity use in the home only accounts for under two percent of household GHG emissions.
It is important to recognize the fact that the production and transportation of the consumer goods we purchase do have an environmental impact, and that some types of goods (e.g., meat and dairy products) do have a larger impact than others. At this point in time, there is no easy-to-use methodology to estimate this at the community-wide scale.
Household energy sources of GHG
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