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HOME (per person)
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Gas or oil useZeroHalf the averageMuch lower than averageLower than averageAverage (£28 per month)Higher than averageMuch higher than averageTwice the averageThree times the averageLower = insulation, small home, efficient boiler, gas, cool temperatures, shared home • Higher = leaky, large home, inefficient boiler, oil or coal, high temperatures, sole occupant
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Proportion0.000.500.660.831.001.251.502.003.00
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Comparison figure0.0014.0018.4823.2428.0035.0042.0056.0084.00
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Unit£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month
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Electricity useA third of the averageHalf the averageMuch lower than averageLower than averageAverage (£18 per month)Higher than averageMuch higher than averageTwice the averageThree times the averageLower = efficient appliances, eco bulbs, no standby, lights off | Higher = electric water/space heating, inefficient appliances, large TV, standby, lights on
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Proportion0.330.500.660.831.001.251.502.003.00
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CO20.420.640.851.061.281.601.922.563.84
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Comparison figure5.949.0011.8814.9418.0022.5027.0036.0054.00
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Unit£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month
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Water useA third of the averageHalf the averageMuch lower than averageLower than averageAverage (150 litres per day)Higher than averageMuch higher than averageTwice the averageThree times the average
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Proportion0.330.500.660.831.001.251.502.003.00
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CO20.100.150.200.250.300.380.450.610.91
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Comparison figure49.5075.0099.00124.50150.00187.50225.00300.00450.00
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Unitlitres per monthlitres per monthlitres per monthlitres per monthlitres per monthlitres per monthlitres per monthlitres per monthlitres per month
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TRAVEL (per person)
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Purchase of car fuelNever buy car fuelQuarter of the averageHalf the averageLower than averageAverage (£30 per month)Higher than averageDouble the averageThree times the averageFour times the averageInclude getting to work but not other work driving
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Proportion0.000.250.500.751.001.502.003.004.00
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CO20.000.360.721.081.442.172.894.335.78
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Comparison figure0.007.5015.0022.5030.0045.0060.0090.00120.00
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Unit£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month
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Number of cars you regularly useNoneOne car between eightOne car between fourOne car between threeAverage (one car between two)Car of your ownLarge car of your ownTwo cars of your ownTwo large cars of your ownThis is to factor in the emissions of car manufacture. Include all cars you regularly use, but not company cars. For greater accuracy, notch the slider up if your cars are large, fairly new and/or used a lot. Notch it down if your cars are small, old and/or rarely used.
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Proportion0.000.250.500.671.002.003.004.006.00
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CO20.000.200.410.550.821.642.463.284.92
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Comparison figure0.000.130.250.340.501.001.502.003.00
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Use of trains, buses and tubesNever use public transportQuarter of the averageHalf the averageLower than averageAverage (90 miles per month)Higher than averageDouble the averageFive times the averageTen times the average
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Proportion0.000.250.500.751.001.502.005.0010.00
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CO20.000.110.230.340.450.680.912.274.54
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Comparison figure0.0022.5045.0067.5090.00135.00180.00450.00900.00
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UnitMiles per monthMiles per monthMiles per monthMiles per monthMiles per monthMiles per monthMiles per monthMiles per monthMiles per month
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Short-haul return leisure flights per yearNoneOne every three yearsAverage (one every two years)One per yearTwo per yearThree per yearFour per yearSix per yearTen per yearThis is for flights less than 5000 km. Don't include work flights. Specify the number of return flights (both directions includes one flight).
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Proportion0.000.661.002.004.006.008.0012.0020.00
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CO20.000.300.450.901.812.713.625.429.04
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Comparison figure0.000.330.501.002.003.004.006.0010.00
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UnitPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer year
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Long-haul return leisure flights per yearNoneOne every ten yearsAverage (one every five years)One every two yearsOne per yearTwo per yearThree per yearFive per yearEight per yearThis is for flights less than 5000 km. Don't include work flights. Specify the number of return flights (both directions includes one flight).
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Proportion0.000.501.002.505.0010.0015.0025.0040.00
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CO20.000.340.681.703.396.7810.1716.9527.12
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Comparison figure0.000.100.200.501.002.003.005.008.00
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UnitPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer yearPer year
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FOOD, DRINK & HOTELS (per person)
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Emissions in your dietA third of the averageHalf the averageMuch lower than averageLower than averageAverageA bit higher than averageHigher than averageMuch higher than averageTwice the averageLower = vegan, unprocessed, small appetite, no air freight, grown in season | Higher = air freighted, meat, dairy, processed foods, big appetite, grown out of season
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Proportion0.330.500.660.891.001.251.501.752.00
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CO20.600.921.211.631.832.292.753.203.66
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Comparison figureN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
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Use of hotels, pubs and restaturantsNever useQuarter of the averageHalf the averageLower than averageAverage (£30 per week)Higher than averageDouble the averageThree times the averageFour times the average
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Proportion0.000.250.500.751.001.502.003.004.00
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CO20.000.170.350.520.701.051.402.102.80
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Comparison figure0.007.5015.0022.5030.0045.0060.0090.00120.00
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Unit£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week
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SHOPPING (per person)
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Purchase of newspapers, books and other paper productsNever buy any paper productsQuarter of the averageHalf the averageLower than averageAverageA bit higher than averageHigher than averageTwice the averageFour times the average
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Proportion0.000.250.500.751.001.251.502.004.00
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CO20.000.050.100.150.200.250.300.400.79
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Comparison figure0.002.505.007.5010.0012.5015.0020.0040.00
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Unit£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month
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Purchase of clothes, shoes and home fabricsNever buy any new clothes or shoesQuarter of the averageHalf the averageLower than averageAverageA bit higher than averageHigher than averageTwice the averageFour times the average
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Proportion0.000.250.500.751.001.251.502.004.00
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CO20.000.080.160.250.330.410.490.661.32
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Comparison figure0.0016.2532.5048.7565.0081.2597.50130.00260.00
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Unit£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month£ per month
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Purchase of gadgets and home appliancesNever buy any gadgetsQuarter of the averageHalf the averageLower than averageAverageA bit higher than averageHigher than averageTwice the averageFour times the average
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Proportion0.000.250.500.751.001.251.502.004.00
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CO20.000.180.360.540.730.911.091.452.90
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Comparison figure0.0075.00150.00225.00300.00375.00450.00600.001,200.00
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Unit£ per year£ per year£ per year£ per year£ per year£ per year£ per year£ per year£ per year
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Other shopping – tools, jewellery, toiletries, sports equipment, etcQuarter of the averageThird of the averageHalf the averageLower than averageAverageA bit higher than averageHigher than averageTwice the averageFour times the average
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Proportion0.250.330.500.751.001.251.502.004.00
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CO20.440.580.871.311.742.182.623.496.98
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Comparison figure5.006.6010.0015.0020.0025.0030.0040.0080.00
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Unit£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week£ per week
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INDIRECT EMISSIONS (per person)
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Your share of construction, education, health, social services, defence, etcAverage
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