I’ve been talking off and on about going green based on the site www.lowimpactliving.com that I ran across a while back. Fabu! For this edition, I’ll just hit you with the numbers, or RATES of usage and how many points that equals.
As a refresher, lets say the average American household has a score of 100. And LOW impact starts at 70.
ONE point change is:
- 1000 miles a conventional vehicle
- Replacing 1 car with hybrid (at 10000 miles/year)
- 20 hours on a commercial flight
- 200 square feet of house (LITTLE house in the suburbs…what-WHAT!?)
- 5 loads/week in the dishwasher
- 1.5 loads/week in the clothes washer
- Replacing dishwasher(at 5 loads/wk) AND clothes washer (at 7 loads/wk) with energy star
- Changing all indoor bulbs in 1000 sq ft of house to CFL
- Changing from poor insulation to good insulation in a 1000 sq ft house
Did you see that???? Those expensive appliances only change your score ONE POINT! And did you see the flight numbers? We all feel SO BAD about flying, but it’s MASS TRANSPORTATION. Flying commercial for 10,000 miles is the same impact as driving one car 1000 miles? WOW. It only starts to balance out if you up the number of people in your car. The impact of ten people flying 1000 miles versus one car containing ten people driving 1000 miles–that’s even. But if it’s just you, remember mass transportation is always better than driving your car.