Well tonight was my second (the series' third) workshop on Living, Lean and Green. (I missed a session last week when I was out of town.) Our first homework assignment was to figure out our carbon footprint, which I did - but when I wrote it on my cut-out construction paper footprint I am pretty sure the facilitator didn't believe me - it was met with some pretty squinty eyes.
The typical American household's footprint is 54,600 lb.
Ours is 7,709lb according the online calculator. Pretty big difference I KNOW - but I AM and always have been a huge dork when it comes to recycling, composting, etc - just ask my coworkers and husband!
I attribute our great score to the following factors:
- We just bought a newer home last year that has excellent insulation and windows and almost all Energy Star appliances.
- I am cold blooded so I LOVE it when it is hot and tend to leave the air off most of the summer. In the winter we have a down comforter in addition to our duvet to sleep with at night.
- We compost and recycle so we only produce one bag of trash a week - IF that.
- My husband only drives 5 miles to work each day.
- I drive 4 when I ride the bus - which I normally do.
- We have newer cars that have pretty decent gas mileage.
Here's another pic from our class - Fred, here, is explaining how he showers...no really! :)
Today I got a free Energy Efficiency Kit from IPL which included two energy saving light bulbs, a night light, insulation strips, a shower head and a hot water gauge. I would have gotten a programmable thermostat but I am not a Citizen's Gas customer - boo!
Pretty excited to see if I can get our footprint even lower! Here are some things we will be working on:
- We are installing a new Energy Star Front Loading Washing Machine so that is a step
- Look at what our water heater is set
- Get a programmable thermostat so we can set it to turn off at certain times of the day. We are so busy we tend to forget to turn the air back to a lower setting when we leave the house.
- I want to get away from paper towels.
- Work on unplugging our chargers when we aren't using them as well.
If you are interested in taking the Living, Lean & Green workshop - visit the Central Indiana Environmental Education Program online and see where and when the next presentation or workshop takes place! They are free you just need to sign-up and show up!