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*Good* Carbon Calculator?

Postby JoDa » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:07 am

Yeah, yeah...I'm a greenie. However, I fly quite a bit but am pretty low-use otherwise, and want some sense of just how much I would be doing if I went 100% wind for my house, since it's available for a modest amount (best guess, $5-7/month over what I currently pay). I *feel* like it would offset a good chunk of my jet fuel burnin', but I like firm numbers. The calculators I found by Googling vary wildly, telling me I'm spewing anywhere from 6 to 23 tons of CO2/year, some telling me my flying is a problem, others telling me my eating habits are. Anyone found one they like and feel is pretty accurate?
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Postby darkguy2 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:49 am

I am not sure about a calculator but if you want to get into green energy for your house you are better off getting solar unless you live in a very windy area. You can also install a solar water heater on the roof to reduce your water heating costs. I am not a fan of wind. There are many drawbacks to it. You will get far more constant output from a solar array as long as you can get a area of direct sunlight. Many states also have tax credits for installing solar panels.
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Postby haikuginger » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:33 am

darkguy2 wrote:I am not sure about a calculator but if you want to get into green energy for your house you are better off getting solar unless you live in a very windy area. You can also install a solar water heater on the roof to reduce your water heating costs. I am not a fan of wind. There are many drawbacks to it. You will get far more constant output from a solar array as long as you can get a area of direct sunlight. Many states also have tax credits for installing solar panels.



I think his plan is actually to buy power from a utility that generates it with wind. You can do that in a lot of places. The power comes over the same grid, but is supplied by a different utility.

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Postby djrez4 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:17 am

Seems like a gimmick to me. Watts are fungible. The ones you receive are the same, regardless of whether you pay for wind power or not. And, you probably already have a line on your bill to pay for renewable energy projects. Go solar or go home.

haikuginger wrote:I think his plan is actually to buy power from a utility that generates it with wind. You can do that in a lot of places. The power comes over the same grid, but is supplied by a different utility.


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