Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Reducing Your 'Carbon Footprint'

Here's the NYT-sought after 'Martin Luther' of the modern age, Charles
Komanoff, an energy economist in NY,
illustrating a 4-step plan to emissions reduction: driving, flying,
heating & electricity:

http://www.rightofway.org/research/newoilage.pdf

- Fill your tires.
- Eliminate every 14th car trip.
- Frequent flyers forego 1/7th of their trips--happy news for those who
work in other states; perhaps not so happy for their employers.
- (My own interjection: What about making it known to the airline that
you prefer to only fly on FULL flights!?)
- Turn down heat at night, and by 2-3 degrees.
- Change bulbs to compact flourescents, whose light and design has been
greatly improved as well as cost reduced in recent years.
- Reduce consumption of plastics--containers, packaging.
- Buy locally instead of using shipping's jet fuel and packaging.
- And, of course--reduce your recreational vehicle use--so put away all
those snowmobiles, jet skis, ATVs, etc.!

3 comments:

rebeckspe said...

I am doing my part by purchasing a reel mower (the old fashioned kind without a motor) for this summer's yard work. Not only are power mowers horrible polluters, but I hear this is good exercise.

codown2earth said...

Rebeckspe- We have a "reel mower" for our two 8 ft x 8 ft lawn squares. Mowing a bigger lawn would probably be several rounds of cocktails in activity points.

Infochef- What airline do you fly on that is not flying full flights in 2007?

DenverHotPants said...

I walk to work. It should be less of a difficulty in the off-session. If only I could convince my neigbor to rake instead of using a leaf blower. He is obsessed. And seems to want to do it at 7:30 every morning.