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Plan to Zero – This means you! (#11)

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Visionary and innovator in the utility industry and grid modernization, Burns & McDonnell

I have a broad background in utilities and energy. I worked for Capgemini in the Energy Practice for more than 15 years. During that time I rose to the position of CTO of the 12,000 person...

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Follow up to the ongoing 'Plan to Zero' articles:

We can’t get to zero if we don’t all change!

Al Gore heats an outdoor Olympic swimming pool.

Other high net worth individuals own and fly private airplanes.

Many of us on Linked In own and drive larger vehicles and homes than we need.

How high do you set your Thermostat is the winter?

If it is over 65 at night, you are not sleeping at the optimum temperature.

How low do you set your thermostat in the summer, if it is under 80 degrees you have a higher risk of summer colds and flu.

Do you plan your shopping to maximize your time and kilometers driven. Do you tell Amazon and other delivery services to only deliver once a week?

Do you compost all the food waste, and bio-waste?

Do you grow food at home? Do you trim your trees to optimize food production (what you have maple trees, instead of apple trees?)

Do your lights turn themselves off?

When the weather is good, do you dry your clothes outside, instead of in a dryer that consumes energy? Do you air dry your dishes?

Have you planned to replace your HVAC with high quality heat pumps?

Have you measured your energy use for computers, network, internet access, entertainment? Have you created a plan to cut that energy use by at least 25% Do you look at energy use for each new item you buy?

Do you know if your stove top, oven, microwave, air fryer, or instant pot is the most energy efficient to cook a meal, do you know by meal what is the best choice?

We each make dozens of decisions a day that impact energy use – opening and not closing doors, turning lights on and not turning them off. Accelerating from a stop light, breaking hard at the next one.

We need to start creating new habits, and teaching our children to value energy.

Or, we likely will not make our transition goals.

You and your actions (yes YOU!) are a big part of the energy transition.


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