Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Okay, so this is essentially an ad for buying BP's "green energy", and I have no idea about how green their energy really is. And the level of granularity doesn't (it surely matters how big your house is?)
Nonetheless, it's a pretty cool Java applet, and may motivate you to insulate your doors and windows. Who knows? We could make it a meme: post your carbon score...
Eh? meme? Anyone?
Nineteen tons apparently is just exactly the US average. Startlingly, given how often I congratulate myself on all that riding on the Metro.
We have one car that we don't drive that much, and turn off lights and all that; but it's those long-haul flights to Switzerland that get us.
Posted by benrosen at December 7, 2005 03:47 PM
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Bruce Sterling says they're cool. (But maybe that's just compared to ExxonMobil.)
unfortunately, swiss people can't participate :-(
so here's the swiss/non-BP variant: www.footprint.ch
if everyone acted like me, we'd need 1.7 planets to cover all energy needs (average: swiss 2.6, american 5.8)
11 tons! In your FACE, Rosenbaum!
We actually spent a lot of time and money weatherproofing our house this year, tho. Also, between our 4-cylinder SUV and our 35 MPG Focus, we're doing pretty well in the mileage department. Although that said, if there were a place for miles driven/day, I'm sure my carbon score would have been higher.
Oops. There WAS a place for miles...
25 tons... I suck...
I'm officially out of your face, Ben.
15 tonnes... it's nice to be able to walk to work. One of my mental blocks towards moving to somewhere less expensive (which is pretty much anywhere besides NYC, I guess) is that I know I'd have to give that up.
Hmm, I got 2.6 Earths on the Swiss quiz.
So I'm average for the US on one quiz, less than half that on the other -- which gives some sense of the margin of error. :-(
12 tons here... I live by myself in a detached, so using 100% renewable electricity is my one saving grace. (My electricity program also builds salmon ladders, but no credit for that in this quiz).
I took the quiz twice: once for two people in the house, once for just myself, but with the same values plugged in. It gave me the same number both times (22 tons) -- so I think multiple-person households get to split their outputs. Which means I get to claim 11 tons for myself, and you get to claim, what, 5 tons?
Damn, now I'm going to be late getting back to work because I just *had* to know my C02 output....
I got 13 tons, but there was a lot of vagueness/approximation in my answers. An Australian Carbon Neutral Calculator puts me at more like 25, but I think I misunderstood their air-travel system.
I've been trying to learn more about carbon offsets; something about the idea bugs me, but I haven't quite been able to articulate what. Do you know much about it?
10 tonnes here, which apparently is greater than the UK average of 10 tonnes. Hm.