I’m all for energy conservation–at this point, the CO2 release situation (i.e., global warming) is so dire that anything buys us time. But there’s something wrong with this picture:
It’s a house. A single, detached house. It’s worth revisiting how, in the U.S., living patterns affect energy consumption:
I’m not trying to turn your house into a Manhattan skyscraper (really, I’m not). Energy savings are good. But until the U.S. (and other Western) environmental movement seriously grapples with how we use energy–and the role ‘de-urbanization‘ has played in our current patterns of energy use–I don’t think we’re serious about the problem (and, no, solar-powered hamster fusion reactors aren’t a reality yet).