Friday, November 03, 2006
Hippie Steps -- Week Two

The focus of this week's Slate/Treehugger challenge is on heating your home. Now our house is pretty set. We have new energy-saving windows, most of our heating is done via pellet stove and we live at a balmy 67 degrees.

I still pledged to reduce the thermostat by 8 degrees at night as I do like blankets and so my score for the Week Two Action Quiz is 10,800, which means I've promised to take the annual equivalent of 1.10 cars off the road.

Some of the information they used in their calculations which reflect averages:

*Insulating your walls and ceilings can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 1,000 pounds a year per person.

*Turning down the thermostat 2 degrees in winter during the day saves about 800 pounds of CO2 per year.

*Turning down the thermostat 8 degrees more at night in winter saves about 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

*Replacing single-pane windows with energy-saving double-pane ones throughout the house saves an average of 5,000 pounds of CO2 a year per person.

Yep, the hippie in me is coming out!

Today's word count: 1,000 words and counting.
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