Energy Conservation Awakening

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Energy Conservation Awakening

  1. 1. Energy Conservation Awakening<br />A glimpse into the positive repercussions of composting<br />
  2. 2. The Question at Hand<br />How many trash bags do I contribute weekly to the local dump?<br />Can I drastically reduce the amount of trash I produce weekly through composting?<br />Can monitoring my waste output influence my consumption and recycling habits?<br />
  3. 3. Methodology<br />On average, how many trash bags exit my home weekly?<br />How much less trash will I produce weekly/yearly through composting?<br />Can composting influence me to think of other ways to reduce my waste?<br />
  4. 4. Methodology Continued<br />Before composting, roughly 4-5 trash bags were leaving my house weekly.<br />4-5 trash bags produced weekly includes recycling of tin, aluminum, paper, cardboard, and plastic.<br />
  5. 5. Data Collection<br />Originally I hoped to weigh my weekly trash output, but I would have had to purchase a scale which I felt was a waste of money.<br />Therefore, I calculated how many bags of trash I was producing before and after composting over a three week period of time.<br />
  6. 6. Data Collection Errors<br />Considering the variability of cooking and eating habits, house guests, roommates, and chaotic student- teaching schedules, it can be difficult to analyze exact amounts of waste.<br />Ordering take-out, buying packaged items, and other consumption habits fluctuate daily, and weekly so coming up with a definite amount of waste can be complex.<br />
  7. 7. Analysis of generalized Data<br />
  8. 8. Data Comparison<br />According to www.wisegeek.com with the yearly garbage produced in America alone, you could form a line of filled-up garbage trucks and reach the moon. <br />National Geographic’s Human Footprint website offers great insight to an average Americans lifelong waste generation. <br />
  9. 9. Reflections of a Filthy American<br />In the midst of my waste generation awakening I realized a few things:<br />I can trim down my waste through disciplined recycling and cancelation of my newspaper subscription.<br />I can lessen my waste by eliminating purchases of packaged foods and obtain my produce from Full-Circle-Farma wonderful community supported agriculture group.<br />I can reduce my waste by burning my newspaper, paper, and cardboard in my woodstove which in turn reduces my gas bill each month!<br />I can shrink my paper yield by paying my bills online! <br />
  10. 10. Waste Generation Reduction<br />Buying into energy conservation is a no-brainer for me, but convincing my three roommates to jump on the wagon took a bit of nagging.<br /> Through this waste reduction journey I learned some useful tips for <br />Winter Compostingand <br />Composting Dog Waste.<br />
  11. 11. Questions for Further Study<br />Is Zero Waste feasible for my household?<br />How much less waste will I produce this summer when I plant a garden and grow my own food?<br /> How much will buying containers with a potential to reuse (glass rather than plastic) reduce my waste output?<br />How much can I reduce my trash-load by using a reusable container when I order carnitas from a local Mexican restaurant I am addicted to? <br />
  12. 12. Sources<br />www.wisegeek.com<br />http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/human-footprint-3224/Overview<br />http://www.greensense.com/<br />http://www.zerowasteamerica.org/<br />http://www.ecosherpa.com/waste-management/winter-composting-extravaganza/<br />http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov/compost.html<br />

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