I took a test this morning to see what the carbon footprint for Tiny House Ontario is.
Here are the results
|House||0.03 metric tons of CO2|
|Flights||0.00 metric tons of CO2|
|Car||0.00 metric tons of CO2|
|Motorbike||1.22 metric tons of CO2|
|Bus & Rail||0.00 metric tons of CO2|
|Secondary||1.76 metric tons of CO2|
Total = 3.01 metric tons of CO2
It went on to say:
It is a pretty good result, but I have to say that I am very surprised to learn that I am over consuming in the secondary section. Here are the answers that I gave:
I guess this means that next year I have to hope for a better growing year so that I can reap as much as I sow. I am not sure how else I can reduce really as my bike is essential for me to get around and I really don’t buy much besides food and things to complete THO. This gives me a lot to think about!
What are your results? Do you see any way that you can reduce this number?
Update: I just found that an acre of 15 year old forest will carry 1-2 cubic metres of carbon per acre. THO forest is at least 9.5 acres of forest which means that it likely carries at least 19 cubic meters… not sure still what the different measurements are, but this does make me feel a little better.
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I think the secondary usage has a lot to do with the fact that you buy SOME new clothes and go out sometimes to movies, bars, etc. Those are businesses and you have no control over what they do, at least as far as this survey is concerned.
But they’re generalizing all places.
Shop at the salvation army – you can get surprisingly good quality and save the environmental cost of purchasing new clothes. Be mindful about the events you go to and ensure that they are also doing their best to reduce their carbon footprint.
Choices like that won’t show up on your survey, but they will be meaningful. You’ll also be contributing to encouraging society in general to behave better about conserving our world. I’m going to go ahead and assume you already knew all that anyway, I just felt it needed to be said.
Really, it seems like you’re doing pretty damn well.