Want to go green? Take the bus.

That’s the finding of a new study released by the US Environmental Protection Agency according to USA Today:

[Single]-family homes in a conventional U.S. suburb use an average of 108 million BTUs (British Thermal Units–a measure of energy consumption) per year for heating, cooling, lighting and appliances. Its residents also use 132 million Stub per year for transportation. This totals 240 million BTUs. But if the same home were located in a “transit-oriented development,” its residents would use only 39 million BTUs per year for transportation so the home’s total energy consumption would fall to 147 million BTUs. This would be even less than the total 158 total BTUs that an Energy Star-rated house (at least 20% more efficient than regular new homes) in the suburbs would consume each year.

This reinforces the idea that a serious effort to go green means redesigning systems and business models, not acts of isolated individuals or households.

Via Planetizen.

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