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-1 points · 9 days ago · edited 9 days ago

Will the EV be charged with renewable energy or fossil fuel? And if the former, how much of it comes from renewable. It seems like you need to figure that out as well. EV might reduce air pollution in your immediate vicinity, but if it's charging with fossil fuel, you're just moving the problem elsewhere.

Edit: I found out that in general EVs are much more fuel efficient than gas powered cars and the Union of Concerned Scientists have estimated that on the whole they have a better carbon footprint and this could keep improving the more we switch to renewable energy in power plants. But I am still not that keen on EVs because they are really a consumerist answer. I think our environmental problems are so bad that we have to get away from the idea of private cars because EVs can be anywhere from 15-68% worse than gas-powered cars when you just take the manufacturing into account.

source: "Clean Cars from cradle to Grave" ucusa.org

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Even if the power plant runs on gasoline, it’s still more efficient than a gas burning car because of not having space concerns for large, more powerful equipment. So even if all gasoline were burnt in power plants and they powered an entire electric fleet, we’d still be better off.

Original Poster1 point · 7 days ago

This is interesting. Can you elaborate on what you mean by concerns for large, more powerful equipment?

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Here's some general info on it.

And a simple picture, for example.

"Concerns" in the sense of having as much space as you want to extract the most energy possible. Bigger equipment can be more efficient and scaling it down to car size while maintaining the same efficiency is likely physically impossible.

2 points · 1 day ago

It unofficially is - someone made a website with that as the title - it's fairly easy to find, as you can guess.

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Moderator of r/ZeroWaste, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 1 day ago · Stickied comment

Thanks for your post but it's been removed for Rule 4.

I read the title like three times trying to figure out why we were talking about panties in zero waste....

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I mean, if you want, you can talk about that too.

Original Poster8 points · 1 day ago

Watch out, you'll have the Chapo Trap House arrivals or 'Mo' White Children' alt-righters attack you for that.

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What are the views of the Chapo Trap House people?

It’s on amazon. 5:11 rush 24

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It’s a Rush 12, not 24.

It looks like a 5.11 Rush 24.

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It’s a Rush 12, not 24.

Moderator of r/ZeroWaste, speaking officiallyScore hidden · 8 days ago · Stickied comment

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15 points · 11 days ago · edited 11 days ago

Switched from resistive electric heat to heat pumps, changed some of the factory settings to more efficient settings, increased the insulation in the attic, air sealed with the help of a blower door test, reduced hot water consumption with low flow shower heads and an energy star dish washer, insulated my water heater, replaced my HRV with an energy start rated model, replaced my top loader washer with a very efficient front loader, switched my electric dryer to a heat pump dryer, greatly reduced stand by loads throughout the house, switched to LED bulbs from CFLs, changed a few of our practices with hot water usage to reduce how often water cools in the pipes, better control of solar gain in the summer and winter with blackout curtains, replaced my tv with a more efficient model, got rid of any pots that don't fully cover the burner and stopped using larger stove burners when using a smaller pot... I think that's about it.

The washer and dryer were 12 almost 13 years old and had both been repaired previously. I didn't expect them to last much longer but admittedly they were still working. The dryer used 5300W and the washer used ~40gal/load. The new ones use 300W and 5gal/load. I donated the old ones to a young couple that needed them. The HRV was in a way a frivolous purchase as it was working great still, but the new one is a much more efficient model. The old unit was sold to a couple that didn't have an HRV but have done a lot of air sealing in there home. They were getting increased mold issues due to "sick building syndrome." The TV was 11 years old. I forget the name of the tech it used, but the typical life span of that tech is 4-5 years. Not something I was aware of when I bought it. I looked at fixing the very dim screen but the parts weren't available anymore.

Our annual usage before I started down this path was between 26000kWh/year and 24000kWh/year. Now it's around 9800kWh/year and still falling. Next I'm hoping to save enough to pick up some reclaimed rigid foam insulation and put that down on my basement slab, and I have a drain water heat recovery that I need to install when I have the money to make sure I can pay someone to fix my fuck ups if that goes south. I also need to get someone in to balance my HRV, but I doubt that will make much difference. And the new settings for the heat pumps have only been in place for a couple of months, so I'm not sure how they'll effect winter time use. Also the heat pump dryer is only about 8 months old and we're mostly using our clothes line as it's not winter, so I'm still tracking the changes it's making. All in all, I'm hoping to get down to about 6-7000kWh/year.

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That's pretty awesome. You should consider turning this comment into its own post and submitting it here. I know /r/ZeroWaste would like it too.

Thanks for the idea, but I've tried to do just that before. No one read it.

There's always a few people here on reddit that latch on to the idea, but ultimately I feel like most of the reader base here are renting and therefore aren't able or willing to make those kinds of changes. That's my theory anyway.

My 5 year goal is to put solar panels up, enough to power both the house and two electric cars.

If you want to read more about this type of thing www.greenbuildingadvisor.com is an amazing resource.

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Keep up the good work, regardless. Thanks for the link.

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I answered this question around a year ago about university level clubs but you can still do most of it. The whole thread would be good to check out.

Meeting topics

  • Dangers of climate change

  • Harm of pollution from trash and plastic

  • Get people to track their waste for a week to form a baseline and talk about how they can reduce

  • Discuss reduceatarianism/vegetarianism/veganism

  • Figure out the recycling opportunities around campus

  • Get people to use reusable water bottles

  • Ally with other environmental related clubs if you have them (compost, beekeeping, certain political groups, etc.)

  • Get condoms from health clinics/associated clubs and distribute

Changes around campus

  • Get the cafeteria take out to remove disposable cups/lids/straws (More schools are giving reusable water bottles to students and foregoing the disposables)

  • Get cafeteria to stop using trays if they're used (forces people to get less food on each trip and reduces food waste and cleaning as many dishes)

  • Get cafeteria to not use styrofoam/plastic containers

  • Get cafeteria to have more vegetarian/vegan options (If you noticed by now, there is a lot of waste associated with food)

  • LED lights in buildings

Events

  • City/Beach/Forest Cleanup

  • Zero Waste pot lucks

  • Film nights for environmental documentaries

Fund Raising

  • Sell zero waste kits with treats (Get cookies/pastries with stainless steel straw, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.)

You should check out our wiki for more inspiration.

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Utterly amazing to me that people, especially on this subreddit of all places, will still even bother with identity politics. Both political parties were bought off a long time ago, I don't understand why people are still trying to shift the blame on those 'damn libs' as if it means a god damn thing any more.

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You're acting on the misconception that everyone here will be commenting in good faith and staying on topic of causes for collapse in meaningful ways.

Decadent liberal values destroyed the world . Traditional religious values dictated stable communities and economies often similar to steady state which modern sustainability experts called for . Liberal values suck

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What aspects that modern sustainability experts call for do you believe align with traditional religious values?

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I think one of the best things a person can do to reduce unnecessary consumption is to trade goods and services with neighbors instead of buying something new.

One of the things I appreciate about this trade and exchange is that it forges connections with my neighbors. I'd rather my labor and goods go to people in my community, and it makes me so happy to see someone get something they need, much happier than clicking some buttons and ordering from an anonymous giant online.

What are some of your favorite ways to do this? I know buy nothing groups are a hit. What are some of the things you offer and help you've found in exchange?

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Can we get this in higher resolution?

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If someone proves me wrong, I'd be happy with it but I actually looked to help others out and I couldn't find one.

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