Ryan McLean


    June 1, 2018 @ 6:39 am

    Really wonderful information and very useful


  2. Kaz Vorpal
    August 15, 2018 @ 3:03 am

    This article starts out deceptively. It states the amount of CO2 supposedly emitted by a kWh of power generated by a coal plant.

    But coal or oil plants are about like 27% of all power in the US, with 70% coming from relatively carbon-neutral sources like nuclear, natural gas, or “renewable” energy.

    In fact, I’ve lived in four different states, and all of them had nuclear power.

    So there’s a good chance that the readers don’t need to do ANY of the things you mention, in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

    This is the kind of stuff that makes people distrust environmental profiteers.

    Next you can tell us how we need to unplug our phone chargers, without mentioning that they only consume about 2 kWh of energy on standby for a whole year, so that Al Gore emits more carbon from his private jet flights than the whole US full of phone chargers left running part of the day, combined.


    • Ryan McLean
      August 15, 2018 @ 5:13 am

      It’s not deceptive it’s pretty straight forward. I clearly state coal burning power plant. I live in Australia where the bulk of electricity is sourced through coal burning power plants.


      • Leroy Cabana
        December 2, 2018 @ 10:08 pm

        The entire co2 issue is full of questions for me. First I wonder if achieving carbon neutral for a nation like the USA is even possible. I think about jets, trains, ships, and the like trying to use an energy source that is non carbon as likely impossible. Take our coal and oil burn rate every day, how much would we have to reduce this by to meet the goal of being a non contributor to co2 accumulation. Is it zero? Then I look at manufacturing and products made from oil and natural gas, how would we make steel, tires, asphalt. Heck, we would not even be able to have the Iphone. My gut instinct is the reason cutting co2 is so difficult is the general populations of countries would revolt if the use of coal, oil and gas was eliminated, heck even if they cut it 25% they would revolt. Countries like China, the world largest co2 emmitter is increasing it’s annual co2 emissions but claim they have a future plan to reduce co2 sometime. Here is a great suggestion, instead of simply saying cut your carbon footprint, publish the effective reduction for the USA that would achieve the needed goal to stop the increasing co2ppm.


    • John A Stephens
      August 17, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

      Dear Kaz…. it would seem that the topic of CO2 reduction is not very important to you. You mention living in the US, with a GDP generation of ~ 15.5 tons per capita. I live in central Mexico, have made no sacrifices in lifestyle and am generating 2.2 tons/year! I drive a small car, have heat, all LED lighting and grid solar electric (-.3 tons). BTW – NG electric is a huge generator!


    • nicholas Aikens
      July 29, 2019 @ 3:22 pm

      Agreed that there are other considerations than coal.
      Hydrocarbon gas (IE natural gas) is taking market share and is a bigger total carbon emitter in many areas.
      Utilities are switching to a model where cost coming from electricity connection is greater than electricity generation. I pay 5% more for 100% renewable electricity generation per my usage.


  3. John A Stephens
    August 17, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

    Nice job Ryan… good info. We have a big house, tons of lighting, 2 well pumps, 2 refrigerators, computers, Tvs, etc and still only use 11 KwHrs… and our 10 panels have generated 13.7 KwHrs daily average this year (-0.6 tons, YTD). Main point – no sacrifice in lifestyle and only minimal investment. 27% ROI on solar in first 12 months! Saludos john


  4. Yash
    October 12, 2018 @ 5:49 am

    Nice article. I live in India where more than 50% of the energy is derived from burning of coal. Now, it has become need of the hour to seriously think and implement the steps in the form of installing solar power systems at the roof top to reduce the CO2 emissions at the individual level.
    Thanks for sharing.


  5. Brian McGowan
    November 23, 2018 @ 5:36 am

    If you want to cut about 50kWh/person off your power usage install a drain water heat exchanger from Swing Green. This device simply recovers heat from drain water and uses it to preheat the feed to the water heater. It will cut your power to heat water by 30% or more.


  6. Michael Brown
    April 6, 2019 @ 5:10 pm

    If any amount of electricity is produced by coal in a given locality, it would likely be the first source cut by any reduction in demand.


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