The amount of carbon dioxide emitted to produce one megawatt of electricity greatly depends on the fuel source. For comparison, one megawatt hour of electricity is enough to power approximately 830 US single family homes for an hour. Generating one megawatt in a natural gas-fired power plant generates 1,170 pounds of carbon dioxide; while producing the same amount of electricity, a coal-fired plant emits 2,160 pounds of carbon dioxide. Renewable sources such as nuclear, wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal plants produce negligible amounts of carbon dioxide for each megawatt of power produced. The climate implications of reducing peak and base power demands dramatically differ by country depending on each nation’s power generating infrastructure.
THE AVERAGE HOME ENERGY CONSUMPTION FOR A HOUSE HEATED WITH NATURAL GAS RESULTS IN ABOUT 27,300 POUNDS OF CO2 EMISSION ANNUALLY.
By taking steps to reduce their home energy usage, individuals can play a significant role in curbing global warming. Human-induced climate change may lead to irreversible impacts on physical, biological and social systems. There are a number of climate change impacts that may be irreversible, at least during the timescale of many human generations. We are all responsible for taking control of this global issue, beginning with one household at a time.
With the introduction of the BRIGHTenergy system into the home or business, we are becoming part of solution for reducing energy demands and the effects that human greenhouse gases have on our climate and our environment for generations to come. With energy efficient consumption and climate controls, the BRIGHTenergy system notifies the consumer directly to reduce the usage of energy during peak hours by providing the consumer with a real-time view of current energy usage and costs. Savings and conservation can be achieved by reducing use, turning off completely, or rescheduling the use of major appliances during a more cost efficient time when power demands are lower or when the consumer is away from home and there is not a need for energy consumption. The BRIGHTenergy system creates a smart home and contributes to a smart lifestyle.