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These sources account for about 11% of greenhouse gas emissions. The combustion of gas and petroleum products for heating and cooking produces carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Commercial and residential building sectors account for 39% of the carbon dioxide produced from fuel sources. The organic waste which goes to landfills from homes and facilities emits methane gas. The waste which goes to wastewater treatment plants emits methane and nitrous oxide. Fluorinated gases from air conditioning and refrigeration systems as well as some household products escape into the atmosphere.

Best Practices for Residential and Commercial Activities

  • • Reduce energy use through energy efficiency by retrofitting homes and commercial buildings by use of: better insulation, better windows and doors; more efficient heating, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration systems; more efficient lighting and bulbs; more efficient electronic devices and appliances.
  • • Make the water and wastewater treatment systems more energy efficient.
  • • Reduce the amount of solid waste going to landfills by using recycling and solid waste compacting.
  • • Recycle organic material including food waste from homes and businesses and use composting as a means of reduction of quantity and providing material that can be reused in gardens and other green areas.
  • • Capture and use methane produced in landfills. (See Chapter 12, “Solid Waste, Hazardous Materials, and Hazardous Waste Management.”)
  • • Use refrigerants that have less potential to create greenhouse gases.
 
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