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Facts and Figures

December 24, 2008

Abby Cadabby Christmas Tree, originally uploaded by eklektic.

Today J. and I have a ton of stuff (mostly cleaning) that we need to do before his parents come in this afternoon. Needless to say I’m feeling a little frazzled hosting Christmas for my in-laws so I’m going to leave you with some facts and figures from The Environment Equation.

“Replacing just three frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs will save about 300 lbs of carbon dioxide per year and the bulbs will last 6-15 times longer.”

“Adding a precut jacket or blanket can reduce heat losses from your water heater by 25-45 percent.”

“In the 1940s, the average house size was 800 square feet. In the 1950s, it was 1,100 square feet. Today in some areas it is over 2,000 square feet. Moving to a home just 500 square feet larger can add up to an extra 3,690 lbs of CO2 a year.”

“If your whole household composts, you save about 28 lbs of methane a year, equivalent 617 lbs of carbon dioxide per year.”

“Which pollutes more per hour, mowing your lawn on a sunny Saturday morning, or 11 cars roaring down the highway? If your answer was the innocuous looking lawn mower, you are already an environmentally savvy customer.”

Now I need to get off my bum and start cleaning…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 25, 2008 7:32 am

    I hope you made it in time! Take it easy during the holidays and enjoy them.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. knutty knitter permalink
    December 26, 2008 4:43 am

    I measured our whole house to see how big it was. We own exactly 315 square feet and there are 4 of us. We run 9 lights and 2 side lamps. There are 5 lights in the room we use as a shop and all of these are compact fluorescent. We do own a lawn and that takes about 20 mins to cut all up and will be reduced by half fairly shortly. I think we’ve reached a plateau of how much we can reduce at present. The car is the thing being worked on now.

    Happy Christmas all

    viv in nz

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