Any tips for conserving and/or leaving a smaller footprint?

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
#64
Climate change is a function of expanding human population and increases in petro carbon products usage. The solution is in reducing one’s carbon footprint legacy, by that I mean limiting one’s production of more humans.

Now this idea isn’t realistic so I believe any stop gap efforts to limit/reduce carbon use will be futile. Folks’ conscience might be eased with the “I’m taking this avenue to reduce my footprint” but there won’t be any sustained decline in pollutants overall, human number expansion is inevitable. The exception to this is a fast transmission disease, always fatal, for which a cure or prevention cannot be achieved soon enough. Of course, non-density dependent population reduction can be achieved by a meteor impact, mega volcanoes or some other catastrophe.

Cheers.
 

quilbilly

Big Time Hater
#65
The less you consume, the less you spend....
It doesn't get any simpler.

Oh, I have carbon offsets for sale, so if you just have to purchase some made in China plastic disposable consumer crap, kick me down some coin and ill plant a tree for ya.

:)
 

Rob Allen

Active Member
#66
Live close to where you work. Generally, you use more gas going to and from work than anything else. Plus, they don't pay you for windshield time to the office. I've lived in super rural areas, the suburbs and "in the city".
If you care about your footprint, it's tough to have a small one in a rural setting and work away from the home. The suburbs can be almost as tough.
A small house is helpful, insulate the attic, get better windows, get a more efficient heat source.

Go Sox,
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Housing prices make that impossible for some though.
 
#69
timer on hot water heater
I would not use a timer. I'd be very concerned about the growth of bacteria, specifically, Legionnaire's Disease Bacteria (LDG), during times the heater is off. Hot water needs to be constantly maintained above a certain temperature to be safe. Best just to have the heater well insulated, and let its built-in thermostat do its thing.
Check this out:
https://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/legionnaires/hotwater.html
Excerpt: "Temperatures maintained below 60°C (140°F) encourage growth of LDB and other microorganisms."
 

Rob Allen

Active Member
#71
I think it boils down to this..

That thing you want, don't buy it.
That place you want to visit, don't go
That dream you want to pursue, forget about it.

In short , live in your city, go to work, and consume as little as you possibly can and don't do anything for fun or human betterment.
 

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