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Here we go, insulative power of books.
It wasn't as impressive as I rmembered really though, if you check the scale (degrees Celsius) only a couple of degrees difference.  The room was pretty cold though, it might have been better if the actual room temperature was higher...
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Nancy Reading wrote:

It wasn't as impressive as I remembered really though, if you check the scale (degrees Celsius) only a couple of degrees difference.

Celcius degrees are wider than Fahrenheit ones. I think that in the right range, a few degrees can make a big difference in comfort level. Added to "heat the body not the room" approaches, and the great value of books if the internet ever exits our lives in a bang ( or in my neighborhood, an earthquake) books as insulation is a fine idea!

Now if I could make some sliding, nesting book shelves to use as inside window coverings, that would *really* help keep my house warmer in the winter!  
 
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paul wheaton wrote:I hope to convert this first post into a wiki in about three days.  It is time to build the list.

The average american adult carbon footprint is 30 tons per year.


Heat in a cold climate

the average montana house heated with natural gas puts 8.9 tons of CO2 into the air per year  

the average montana house heated with electricity puts 29.4 tons of CO2 into the air per year

the average montana house heated with a conventional wood stove puts 4.4 tons of CO2 into the air per year

the average montana house heated with a rocket mass heater puts 0.4 tons of CO2 into the air per year


Switching from electric heat to a rocket mass heater in a montana home can cut 29 tons per year.

I am going to guess that the average number of adults per household in the US is 1.6.   Therefore ...

how you heat your home in a cold climate could reduce the carbon footprint by 18.1 tons per year




Using a foot powered washing machine instead of the traditional electric powered one.

At this point, as far as I know the size of them are still small to medium so it might not cover 100% of your washing needs but at least you can start doing a 70/30 or 60/40 percentages.

 
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Am I allowed to share photos like this to social media? It seems like that is the intent of making something so nice, but I just thought I'd check
 
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Kyle Clawson wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:



Am I allowed to share photos like this to social media? It seems like that is the intent of making something so nice, but I just thought I'd check



Share far and wide.  I didn't make it.  
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Kyle Clawson wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:



Am I allowed to share photos like this to social media? It seems like that is the intent of making something so nice, but I just thought I'd check



Share far and wide.  I didn't make it.  



The status quo situation in a nutshell yep.... I swear to god, the human race in general will start taking things serious with the beginning of the end starts and not a minute before.
 
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My last months electricity bill was 18% higher than the previous month.
But, I think I'll survive that massive jump.
It was almost $9.  Yes, 900 pennies.
I'm really liking these solar panels.
 
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Another topic we often do not think about when deciding on personal carbon footprints is the amount of new stuff we buy.  Big purchases such as a  new car - a large SUV is around 30 tonnes of carbon embedded in the manufacturing, whereas a small hatchback is only around 6 tonnes.
Imported food is also massive in embedded carbon terms- especially if flown to the country from across the planet - eg watercress grown in America ending up in my local store in the UK- when we grown watercress not so far away in the same country.

So no more large heavy objects or getting new clothes all the time- as we know here- go for second hand, get high quality and keep for a long time.
 
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Charmian Larke wrote: Big purchases such as a  new car - a large SUV is around 30 tonnes of carbon embedded in the manufacturing, whereas a small hatchback is only around 6 tonnes.



Buying a great used vehicle would be much better. Even better would be if the used vehicle were a small hatchback.
 
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You could switch to a renewable electricity supplier. One that  doesn't sell its carbon credits to other companies. In the UK that might be a company like Good Energy.
Land use: aim for not disturbing the soil, but add carbon to it through a diverse range of plants. Avoid peat products, and aim to keep water on the land rather than funnelling it down drains, risking floods downstream. These measures will also help to moderate the climate.
 
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Should we add to this list:

Utilizing home-based micro-solar, micro-wind, micro-hydro power generation, in conjunction with reduced consumption?

Lots of people advocate large-scale solar and wind, but there can be land-use issues with that, as well as huge embodied energy and end-of-life questions.  A potentially more advantageous and more Permie-values-based way would be to leverage these technologies in a small scale at or near point-of-use.
 
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Beau Davidson wrote:Should we add to this list:

Utilizing home-based micro-solar, micro-wind, micro-hydro power generation, in conjunction with reduced consumption?

Lots of people advocate large-scale solar and wind, but there can be land-use issues with that, as well as huge embodied energy and end-of-life questions.  A potentially more advantageous and more Permie-values-based way would be to leverage these technologies in a small scale at or near point-of-use.



Small solar yes, wind more difficult: output proportional to cube of wind speed, so in my garden that's not worth bothering. Coast and hills are brilliant.
 
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Whilst patrolling the web looking up stuff for this and other Permies work, I found this tidbit of useful info: Eco Hacker Farm project of Cutting CO2 emissions

Eco Hacker Farm is a group of like-minded individuals practicing permaculture in Europe. I like them. They are innovative: developing some software projects related to agriculture and permaculture and such like.
 
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EPA stats!
Filename: ghg_emission_factors_hub.pdf
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I found this site while reading thru some if Paul's Kickstarter stuff: 350.org The '350' refers to '350 parts per million' of CO2 they say we need to get down to in the atmo.

There are local groups all over, including one in Montana: 350Montana

Meanwhile, while I'm at it: check out Paul's latest Kickstarter, launching soon! Smash that 'notify me on launch' button as if it's one too many mosquitos that have bred because of global warming. Garden Master Course Kickstarter
 
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Interesting chart attached..  I contend that many of Helen Atthowe's methods reach into many of these categories.
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Paul Wheaton summarizes a lot of this in
 
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Phil Swindler wrote:My last months electricity bill was 18% higher than the previous month.
But, I think I'll survive that massive jump.
It was almost $9.  Yes, 900 pennies.
I'm really liking these solar panels.



Just paid this months electric bill.  $10.31
 
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