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Remember that article about leaving a smaller footprint on the earth? Well, I thought it would be nice to have a thread where people could share their ideas about conservation.<br><br><br><br>
What do you do to leave a small ecological footprint?
 

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Vegan...ride my bike/walk/take bus more than drive...compost/recycle...<br><br><br><br>
I guess not much. I could do alot more, but I'm lazy.
 

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From here:<br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&postid=53937#post53937" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...3937#post53937</a><br><br><br><br>
Consume less.<br><br>
Buy organic.<br><br>
Support a box-scheme<br><br>
Go vegetarian.<br><br>
Go Vegan.<br><br>
Re-use, then recycle.<br><br>
Try to buy food/stuff that is produced near to you.<br><br>
Buy quality stuff that lasts.<br><br>
If you need something see if you can get it second-hand<br><br>
Stop speeding.<br><br>
Get a smaller car.<br><br>
Use public transport.<br><br>
Dont go by plane if there are other options<br><br>
Get a bike.<br><br>
Leave the car at home if you can, it needs a break.<br><br>
Use energy-saving light bulbs.<br><br>
Turn the heat down a bit (1 degree Celsius down on room temp is 7 percent less energy).<br><br>
Use the air-conditioning less ( in your car and at home).<br><br>
Defrost the fridge more often.<br><br>
Buy product that arent excessively packed.<br><br>
Watch less tv and get a book from the public library.<br><br>
Dont leave the light on in a room where theres nobody.<br><br>
Put off that copier, printer when you leave the office at the end of the day.<br><br>
Dont drive with open windows.<br><br>
Spray you garden less.<br><br>
Use a water-saver on your toilet so you dont use the complete reservoir when it is not needed.<br><br>
Separate your waste and deliver it somewhere where they will recycle it.
 

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I wonder if using my brainpower to micromanage my life is the wisest thing to do. Veganism makes a big impact, so does driving an economic car - no contest. But after that... Don't drive with open windows? Watch less TV? Gotta be joking.<br><br><br><br>
Seriously. Wouldn't all that energy and time be better spent to spread the word and work on converting others to veg*nism? If you succeeded with only one person in your life, I bet you would make a greater contribution than taking the train from now on.<br><br><br><br>
At least that's what I do and that's what I call looking at the big picture.<br><br><br><br>
After all, this whole "calculate your personal footprint" thing is a purely academic excercise. What matters in the real world is the footprints of all 6 billion summed up.<br><br><br><br>
Spread the word. What we need is awareness especially more veg*n awareness, not a few vegans driving 40 mph all the time.<br><br><br><br>
Just my $0.02!
 

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I'm doing a lot by not being American. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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You'd do more if you would come and help me convert them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Oatmeal</i><br><br><b>I wonder if using my brainpower to micromanage my life is the wisest thing to do. Veganism makes a big impact, so does driving an economic car - no contest. But after that... Don't drive with open windows? Watch less TV? Gotta be joking.<br><br></b></div>
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Driving with windows open can up fuelconsumption with 5%.<br><br>
Airco can up fuel consumption with 8-10%.<br><br><br><br>
A tv uses electric energy, and the commericals will make you want more junk.<br><br><br><br>
Get a cellar/basement. I don't have a frigde and that partly explains my electric energy consumption of almost 150 Kwh a <b>year</b> (average in my country 3500 kwh).<br><br><br><br>
It was a shocking 30% up from the year before. Bloody electric oven.<br><br><br><br>
I have sustainable electric energy (wind and sun).<br><br>
Think I'm gonna buy me own solar cells this year.<br><br><br><br>
- don't buy vegetables that are flown in.<br><br><br><br>
( I avoid kiwi's and apples from argentina and so on)
 

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Impressive.<br><br><br><br>
Still I'd need more compelling reasons to give up TV for instance. Especially if there is so much more I can do.<br><br><br><br>
I can't get a basement so easily at this point in my life. I don't want to invest in my own sustainable energy, I want to bring the government to do it for all of us.<br><br><br><br>
I do buy out-of-season produce if it strikes my fancy. But produce is just about all I buy so I guess I write it off as my personal "luxury" purchases.<br><br><br><br>
Bottom line is that in my opinion, if humans would go vegetarian, we could get by with our open-window driving, refrigerating, kiwi-eating lifestyle just fine. On the other hand, even if all vegans reduce their footprints to yours, humanity is still pretty much in the same deep [email protected] as before.<br><br><br><br>
But I really respect your lifestyle and that you seem to lack the holier-than-thou attitude many eco-nerds have.<br><br><br><br>
I just wanted to point out that in my opinion, it's possible to invest your smarts otherwise for a potentially greater positive environmental impact. But to each their own, I respect everybody who takes action - any action.<br><br><br><br>
p.s. And everybody please don't think that I am a wasteful person. I'm actually quite spartan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by veganinohio</i><br><br><b>Does opening a window increase wind resistance? That's the only thing I can think of.</b></div>
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Yes.<br><br><br><br>
Other small things are checking the tyre-pressure regularly.<br><br><br><br>
On my last car I fitted other tyres to reduce engine rpm, but that can be tricky and I can't really advice it.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Kurmudgeon</i><br><br><b>Driving with windows open makes it easier to yell abuse and give the bird to SUV/Merc/Volvo drivers.</b></div>
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It's bad for my allergies, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
BTW, I'm an American vegan. I'm doing my best to spread the word here, but it'll take some convincing out in the Midwest. California's a pushover by comparison.
 

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"How does driving with the windows up save fuel? Does opening a window increase wind resistance? That's the only thing I can think of."<br><br><br><br>
I thought that was obvious.<br><br><br><br>
With the window open you are not only plowing thru air with the outside of the car, but you are also plowing thru air with the inside of the car, to some degree. It also simply disturbs the designed air-flow pattern of a well-designed aerodynamically desgined car. If you have a Model T ford, it isn't going to make much difference.<br><br><br><br>
I think one may actually use less gas per mile, if one uses air conditioning, instead of opening windows. Especially if one uses the AC to merely knock the edge off blistering heat, rather than trying to make the interior of the car 72 degrees F when it is 95 out. Arrange the AC to keep the interior at 80, not 72. I think it is more economical to get a car with a precise thermostatic climate control, keeping the temp plus or minus 1 degrees from a specific numeric set temp, rather than the simpler types of thermostats that have no temperature reading, and swing + or minus 3 degrees.
 

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Yes, absolutely, set tire pressure at recommeded pressure. If the pressure recommended is, say, 26 psi, set it for 28, don't let it go below 25, rather than set it for 26, and letting it go as low as 23 before refilling. The higher the pressure, the better the gas milelege, but go too high and you reduce traction -- a dangerous situation. 3 psi over the recommended pressure is generally not considred dangerous. However, and this is very important: do not check your tire pressure after you have been driving for an hour, and the tires have warmed up. Check the pressure before driving, or after only driving for 5 or 10 minutes. Cold. Prolonged driving will bring the pressure up as much as 3 psi. So if the nominal pressure is 26, and you set it to 26 when the tire is hot, you will be setting it to 23 cold -- 3 psi too low. Don't try to estimate how hot the tire is. Just set it when it is cold. In really freezing weather, like 0 degrees F, the pressure will go down a pound or 2 -- so if you set the pressure to 26 then, the actual pressure at "normal" cold will be 27 or 28. Slightly too high. In really frigid weather, drive a few minute before setting the pressure, and set it a pound or so low anyway if there is snow or ice on the ground, to improve traction. Safety is more important than getting good gas mileage. In other words, drive 10 minutes, and set the pressure to 25 instead of 26.<br><br><br><br>
Drivers manuals will tell you that 26 means 23 to 29. But mild or hot weather you can easily keep it 25 to 28, without needing to check it excessively frequently.<br><br><br><br>
Don't repair tubeless radial tires with a plug. "Break" at least one bead and patch it from inside. Plugs tend to interfere with the running-surface of the tire being able to stay flat on the road. There may be "umbrella" patches that don't leave anything in the hole you pushed them thru, to get to the inside of the tire, these may be ok, but the kind where you leave something in the hole, is not a good idea. But steel-belted radials tend to shred these as you push them thru, ruining their usefulness as a patch, so i still think the best thing is to break both beads, remove the tire from the rim entirely, and put the patch on from the inside. You can stick something thru the hole before removing the tire, so you know where it is once you get inside. But I don't find that necessry. Once I locate the leak by putting the tire in my bathtub, i then mark the outside of the tire across from where it is, and when I get the tire off, I can always eyeball the hole. They are easier to see from the inside than they are from the outside.
 
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