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Mar. 10th, 2002 | 01:23 pm
mood: frustratedfrustrated

There's so many things that I could do to minimize my enviornmental impact but I have no idea what to do.

For example it seems really hard to start setting up solar power while still in a rental property, even worse is the fact that my utilities are included in the rent, so determining how much power or gas I'm using is difficult.

I could try switching to one of the rather expensive sun frost refridgerators. But hey, it's at least 4 times as efficient as my current refridgerator. (Possibly more).

It'd also be nice to switch to magnetic induction cooking, since that generates far less heat than gas but I don't know if the wiring in my apartment can support another appliance that can pull 300-1000 watts.

So this kind of thinking leads me to belive that I should buy my own place so I can customize it with all of the niftiest technology. (Solar power, grey water collection, etc) But then it'd also be nice to live in some form of intentional community, but then it'd be more efficient if I found one before trying to buy a residence.

Then there's the problem of moving further away from work and possibly needing to commute--which currently requires a car. (Though hopefully by 2003 there will be train service to pasadena).

*Sigh* no wonder it's hard to make up my mind... I keep cycling through all the options without any good method of actually ranking things.

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Mar. 10th, 2002 01:47 pm (UTC)
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It'd also be nice to switch to magnetic induction cooking, since that generates far less heat than gas but I don't know if the wiring in my apartment can support another appliance that can pull 300-1000 watts.

What's magentic induction cooking? Surely something that uses that much electricity can't be eco-friendly.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 10th, 2002 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Microwaves use comparable amounts of energy.

this site gives some commentary about the technology.

It does use electricity which is a more expensive energy source (because of transmission losses), but since the technolgy heats pans more efficiently it brings its energy effiency somewhere close to cooking with gas.

Additionally not only is there no pilot light (which the stove in my apartment unfortunatly has), the induction cookers use little power if there isn't a metal pan sitting directly on top of them.

Also I'm assuming since it's not wasting heat by warming my room, less energy is required to cool my apartment, which living in a warm climate is an important consideration.
Pretty much the main disadvantage is it requires ferrous metal cookware, and for some reason the US has standardized on aluminum.

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Mar. 10th, 2002 03:30 pm (UTC)
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and for some reason the US has standardized on aluminum.

which requires massive amounts of energy to smelt, compared to other metals!

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T e s s

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from: soulsong
date: Mar. 10th, 2002 03:04 pm (UTC)
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*Sigh* no wonder it's hard to make up my mind... I keep cycling through all the options without any good method of actually ranking things.


I *so* know how that feels! Especially with regard to big choices like where and how to live. Lots of choices make other choices impossible and you dont want to rule anything out so... sigh, nothing happens.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 10th, 2002 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Right now I'm just wishing I could figure out what would be the most effective thing for me to do.

My current best guess is minimize my own impact and try and give money to NGOs doing things I think are "good". And maybe talk about my decisions (and then try and learn how to talk about them in a less judgemental way.)

Though inertia is a difficult thing to overcome.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Mar. 10th, 2002 03:48 pm (UTC)
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renters need the more efficient stuff more and the landlords have no incentive in america to switch to them. thus renters are more likely to do damage to the environment and also spend more on electricity, etc. SIGH, it makes me really mad.

in my perfect world there are no renter/landlord relationships.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 10th, 2002 04:16 pm (UTC)
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In my apartment the landlord even pays for all the utilities.

I tried to suggest to them that they really should switch to compact florescent lights as they pay for themselves rather quickly

They just complained about the problems fitting in old fixtures, Let alone convicing them to replacing the stove with a pilotless ignition.

I suppose if I was better at talking to them I might get further. But as a shy introvert it's pretty tough to complain.

So they just end up raising my rent for their inefficent apliance.

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