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steps toward a lighter carbon footprint

In an age when ecology experts recommend eating less red meat as a way to lighten our generation’s carbon footprint, it makes you wonder how much of their unrelated politics are being interjected into their ‘unbiased’ opinion.  Rather than changing hearts and minds, it seems that their approach is only reinforcing a continuing divide which gives apathetic individuals ‘fuel for the fire’.  Perhaps, it would be better to take advantage of the concept of coalition building rather than becoming yet another player in the blame game.  Below are a list of ways we can all agree make sense for better living.

  • On the Road
    keep the car well maintained (well maintained cars are more fun to drive), make sure your tires are fully inflated (can cause up to 3% more efficiency) or simply be sociable by improving your networking skills and car pool.
  • In the Home –
    Turn down your heating or cooling when you leave town, use natural light (a survey found that people are 30% more efficient as compared with florescent light), consider recycling.
  • In the Office
    Consider using recycled paper, turn off computers, moniters and photocopiers when leaving for the day, pursue the streamlined paperless office (consider a data retention policy which can help you out of a legal jam/and maybe a paper jam)
  • When Printing
    consider two-sided copies, check for errors before photocopying, lighten photocopier contrast (your cartridges will last longer), recycle toner cartridges (you can often get a rebate from the manufacturer), recycle paper (you can do cans and bottles too)
  • Avoid sacrificing your happiness
    Companies branded as ‘eco-friendly’ are not always the best option for neither you nor the ecology.  So next time you’re buying your organic food to ride 5 miles home on your bicycle, do it because you like the way it tastes and the outdoors; and not because of a fallacy that pain and progress must go together.

Watch for a new device called Home Joule, “ConsumerPowerline analyzes energy price and usage data to create signals that are meaningful to consumers, and then sends those signals to Ambient Devices.”  The device works with a small plug in device which taps into the pager network in major cities. 

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Written by Joe

8 June at 6 am

Posted in learn

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