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New Mexico Is One Of The Least Polluting States

New Mexico Is One Of The Least Polluting States

State Averages 3 Tons Of CO2 Emissions Per Home Per Year

New Mexicans worried about climate change can take some comfort in the fact that, on average, homes in the state have relatively low carbon dioxide emissions rates.

According to the website PropertyShark, CO2 emissions in New Mexico averaged 3 tons per home per year, making it the ninth-least polluting state by that measure. The CO2 emissions are the result of heating and cooling for homes.

Hawaii had the lowest CO2 emissions rate at 500,000 pounds per year, while homes in Maine emitted an average of 5.2 tons of CO2 a year.

Homes in New England had the highest average yearly CO2 emissions because they generally use fuel oil for heat in the winter, the study said.

PropertyShark said that if all U.S. homes were an average of 1,200 square feet, CO2 emissions could be down an estimated 38 percent. But in 2010, the average home in the U.S. was 2,430 square feet, up from 1,320 square feet in 1950.

There was other good news for New Mexico: In total, all homes in the state emitted 2.3 million tons of CO2, the lowest figure in the region.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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