My Energy score was below 5. Then I added my average travel information and that changed everything...
I try to be energy conscious. I have a timer in the shower to not use too much water and electricity. I don't heat my apartment in the winter-- I live in Phoenix AZ, its plenty warm with a hoodie and a small, efficient space heater. I live 4 miles from work. I ride my bike in the spring and fall. I have an efficient car. All told, a pretty low energy use, low carbon footprint lifestyle...
But I also travel. A lot. I fly a lot for my job and for my time off. And when I calculated my energy usage using the National Geographic calculator, the results were quite interesting. My lifestyle was practically under 5 until I added that I fly, and it doubled to 11.97, the regional average being 9.37 and the national average being 10...
The interesting find here is that despite taking action to try and be below the national average for enegy usage and carbon footprint, the traveling that I do puts me above the national and regional averages.
Traveling by plane requires a huge amount of energy, but despite this it is the fastest way of getting from point A to point B.
While I am sure there are further actions that one could take to further reduce energy cosumption/ carbon footprint outside of traveling, I do question whether or not the energy usage of traveling has to remain constant.
Are there ways that we could use renewables to reduce, even just a little bit, the energy it takes to fly?
With the magnitude of energy that is used by flying, even a small reduction could make a huge difference. What could we envision through the use of renewables to help make this difference?
Please indicate which type of energy is most relevant to this post
A combination of various types of renewable energy