Use the Stairs, Save the Planet

English: The carbon footprint as it is underst...

English: The carbon footprint as it is understood by people. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I came across a study that was done by a major hospital that I found particularly interesting. How many times were you running late for work and said “oh, I should just take the stairs or I will be late?”

This study was done at a hospital and timed employees to see what was faster. 14 trips walking up and down the stairs took 10 minutes. 14 trips taking the elevator took 25 minutes.

Even two flights of stairs climbed per day can lead to 2.7 kg(6 pounds) weight loss over one year.

Not only is it good for you its great for the environment  by reducing your carbon footprint?  If you were to walk up and down 3 flights of stairs instead of an elevator, it would save 15 Wh a day or 450 Wh a month. Enough to power a Plasma TV for 3 hours. How much electricity does an elevator consume? Per round trip (8 floors): 40 Wh which is enough to run a desktop computer & monitor for 12-15 minutes. On average an individual generates about 6.5 kg of carbon emissions per year by taking the elevator. That works out to half a metric TON of carbon emissions over a lifetime.  (Brownell, Stunkard, and Albaum, 1980).


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