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Is boxed wine more ecofriendly than bottled wine?
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I'm going to throw an answer out here, but surely there people with more knowledge out there. Please contribute as you can, and suggest corrections to any errors I make here. I have tried to detail my ...

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Why not use scarce California water for almond milk?
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Quick answer, from best to worst, in terms of water only: Good: Oat milk, soy milk Okay: Almond milk Worst: Dairy milk There are a lot of "news" articles about the water and carbon impacts of ...

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What is required to make air travel sustainable?
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Carbon capture (CC) to offset or create synthetic fuels seems poised to replace fossil fuels that are otherwise difficult to replace. In the plans I've read in the last few months, that seems to be ...

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The least sustainable pathway of the IPCC SR15 report
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I don't know about CCS, sequestration never seems to get close to scaling up for a reasonable cost. (A flagship “clean coal” plant is a flailing mess.) Carbon-capture, however, might have a new price ...

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What are the incentives for energy companies promoting energy efficiency?
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They're mandated and/or sponsored by government. The companies are slightly motivated to use this money well to appear as friendly, neighbourhood, we-have-your-interests-at-heart companies, i.e. ...

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How much could the US reduce its electricity demand if people moved from Texas back to Ohio?
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This might be interesting in a theoretical sense of energy usage and locations to live, but isn't Texas having problems with negative energy prices? Texas has been quietly adding to their renewables ...

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What alternative to composting is there to manage organic waste at home?
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As long as it doesn't get too cold, food waste can be turned into bio-gas. "Home" scale systems have been showing up in the last few years. E.g. The HomeBiogas Blog

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Are my compost piles adding CO2 to the atmosphere by offgassing?
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What's the intent of the question? Is it a pollution/greenhouse gas (GHG) concern? Or a scientific question? Good composting needs lots of oxygen. It will decompose better uncovered (faster, more ...

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Why should we bother to recycle household waste if it's only a small portion of all waste that is generated?
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You pay indirectly for local landfills, regardless of where other waste is made. If people paid directly for their waste, the choice between recycling and landfill would be obvious. As an aside, I ...

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better to heat house with gas or with electricity?
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The unfortunate answer right now is that natural gas is the best option for heating. It's less expensive, and not enough of electricity on the grid is produced from renewables... yet. Spend money on ...

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For overnight heating, is it more efficient to use an electric space heater in a bedroom or a whole house natural gas furnace?
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EnergyNumbers has a good answer (+1), but why don't you measure it and let us know? Of course "efficiency" is a little ambiguous. Green house gas production? Just your $$? The latter is easier, the ...

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Why are my LED light bulbs so short lived?
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I haven't had this problem either. I've never even heard of it. Of the lighting that I use regularly, almost all of it is CFL or (lately) LED. I have almost no incandescent bulbs left. I prefer the ...

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Which appliance should I replace first?
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It will depend on the age of the appliances. The refrigerator had a significant effect on my power bill. Next up is my water heater. They calcify at the bottom, limiting their efficiency over time (...

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Is burning wood the same as letting it biodegrade from a CO2 emissions perspective?
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The simple answer is that burning it would be roughly carbon neutral (it releases what it absorbed during growth) versus letting it decompose where it would be a carbon sink. Fossil fuels in the ...

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Does air duct cleaning increase heating efficiency?
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I doubt it. I recently bought a century home (renovated 30 years ago) where I cleaned the ducts too. There was no noticeable change in costs. Cleaning helps keep the air fresh, and your furnace filter ...

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