Gasoline and diesel make up this category, which is focused on fueling household vehicles. These liquid fuels are distinct from home fuels because they are rarely delivered to your home or consumed inside the house. The carbon dioxide forms when these fuels are burned. Its contribution to your household carbon footprint begins before you fill your tank.
Gasoline and diesel fuel the internal combustion engines in cars and trucks. In North Dakota, rural vehicles travel an average of 16,612 miles a year while urban vehicles travel an average of 12,045 miles a year.1 The more vehicles a household has, the more miles driven and the more CO2 released. Still most driving tends to be done with only a couple of the vehicles.2 Fuel economy is increasing—see how your vehicle compares.
1 www.ugpti.org/pubs/pdf/DP265.pdf (accessed July 13, 2015).
2 www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=20832 (accessed March 16, 2017).
Gasoline and diesel also fuel engines for yard tools and recreational vehicles like lawn mowers, snowmobiles, and boats. Overall, recreation and lawn care are minor uses of fuel and emitters of carbon compared to transportation. For example, a family with a third-acre lawn will use about 18 gallons of nontransportation fuel each year, mainly in mowing.
1www.safelawns.org/blog/2011/03/your-lawn-fossil-fuel/ (accessed July 13, 2015).
Developed for the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy