<%@ Language=JavaScript %> An Energy Resource for the Community Science Action Guide

Introduction

  -using this resource

Global warming

  -the facts

  -case study

  -hot map

  -CO calculator

  -pledge guest book

Activities

  -lesson activities

  -data analysis

  -data logging

  -quiz

Resources

  -links page

 

 


Go straight to COcalculator

Imagine a balloon filled with carbon dioxide. Now each time you use electricity, imagine balloons of CO2 coming out of the power station chimney. Each time you ride in a bus or car imagine balloons coming out of the exhaust pipe. Just how much carbon dioxide do you think you are making? Here are some of our estimates:

Using a 100W light bulb for 1 hour...................................7 balloons

Using a 2kW hair dryer for 15 minutes..........................35 balloons

Using 1kWhr (one unit) of electricity..............................70 balloons

Using 1kWhr of natural gas.............................................31 balloons

Travelling one mile by bus...............................................17 balloons

Travelling one mile by car................................................60 balloons

Using one litre of petrol (gasoline)...............................372 balloons

Try using the COcalculator below to calculate how many KILOGRAMS of carbon dioxide you  produce in a day, a month or a year.
Follow these instructions:

  1. Enter a figure in the left hand column.

  2. Hit the TAB key on the keyboard to move to the next cell in the left hand column. Alternatively click into the next desired cell.

  3. The amount of CO2 in kilograms will be calculated in the right hand column.

  4. To work out the number of balloons of  CO2 multiply by 150.

Carbon Dioxide Output

kWhr of Mains Electricity creates kg of CO2
kWhr of Natural Gas creates kg of CO2
Therms of Natural Gas creates kg of CO2
Litres of Petrol (Gasoline) creates kg of CO2
Tonnes of Coal creates kg of CO2
Miles in a Car creates kg of CO2
Miles in a Train or Bus creates kg of CO2
Miles in an Aeroplane creates kg of CO2
Total