Saturday, November 1, 2008

A little about us...

I should be clear that I am not doing this alone. My wonderful girlfriend Amy has agreed, acquiesced enthusiastically, to be a partner in this experiment. We live in Laramie, WY. A small town by many standards, large by Wyoming standards. However many of the assumptions about living a "sustainable" lifestyle make certain assumptions about locality and available resources. We will discuss this in days to come. We also rent our current home. When I took a recent carbon footprint quiz it suggested I could one of the biggest impacts I could make would be to replace my appliances. (There are many calculators available, simply google "carbon footprint" and you will get a number of options. I will try to come up with a list of the better ones.) Unfortunately buying energy star rated appliances is not an option on a grad student salary and makes no sense for a rental. I will work on the landlord, yes. But the number of changes a renter can make is limited compared to that of the home owner. This presents one of the challenges but is also an opportunity to really look for small changes that we can make.

2 comments:

Gleason66 said...

One thing you can do as a renter is replace traditional bulbs with compact flourescents. They also make great holiday gifts, but don't wrap them, unless you use that academic flotsam!

Josef Pohl said...

Thanks for the suggestion. In a former house I was replacing the standard bulbs with CFL's. I have heard complaints that they do not give off the same "warmth". I did not notice a tremendous difference though. Unfortunately I lost my stockpile in one move or another. Thanks again for the great suggestion.