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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by ChrisDolan (2855) on 2006.10.11 15:06 (#50962) Homepage Journal
    Good for you, Adam! I've found that as long as you are conscious of energy consumption, it's not too hard to reduce bit-by-bit.

    A few of my personal choices:
      * Own one car for 6 of us, including my in-laws
      * Compact fluorescent bulbs everywhere
      * Bike to work as often as possible
      * Bus when biking is not feasible
      * Subscribe to a local farm for produce
      * Pay $5/month wind energy subsidy to power company
      * Unplug rarely-used electronics (e.g. VCR)
      * Buy used goods
      * Compost
      * Air-dry clothes

    An often overlooked power drain is packaging and shipping of food and retail products, as well as transportation and disposal of waste from those purchases. Local and used goods save a lot in that way.

    It helps that my wife works for an energy conservation corporation [weccusa.org]. :-) She was extremely proud when, upon telling our 2-year-old we were going shopping, he asked "With our bikes?"
    • Well, I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to go quite as far as you guys... :)

      Because I'm in an apartment, I can't really compost or air-dry clothing (since the latter is against the rules, no hanging of clothing outside) and the farm thing is out (central city location).

      The apartment comes with flurescent lights already (not normal lightbulb shape).

      And the appliances are new, but it was the only reasonable choice in this particular situation.

      As usual, I'm just trying to keep things in mind, while making it