I took the carbon foot print test for Tiny House Ontario. I am happy to say it was down a lot. I reached my goal of bringing my footprint to 2 metric tons. In fact I surpassed my goals. In 2012 I THO used 3.01; whereas in 2013 I was down to 1.1!
Though the number of kilometres were similar, a car makes a lot less carbon than a motorbike so this is good. Also my secondary use dropped because I did not purchase any electronics. The year before I accidentally brought my new computer swimming (actually I got caught on my motorcycle in Hurricane Isaac) so I had two computer purchases.
In the interest of full disclosure, you should know what this figure does not include the figures for my standard house in Hamilton. Too, I don’t live in THO in the winter yet, so from November until the end of March the house is only used for holidays, so there is very little heat used there. This means that the house is used only for 7 months a year plus about a month through the winter in various visits.
On the other hand, with ten acres of forest which offsets 1-2 metric carbon tons per acre, THO actually offsets its own carbon plus takes care of the carbon of our other home and then some.