What’s Wrong with This Energy-Saving Graphic?

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:

(from here)

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).

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4 Responses to What’s Wrong with This Energy-Saving Graphic?

  1. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    Other things wrong: the outside walls are paper thin, there is no staircase for getting to the upper stories, the TV is placed where you cannot see it while sitting in the couch, the towel rack is positioned so you cannot reach it from the tub, book storage space is wildly inadequate.

  2. noddin0ff says:

    …who puts their water heater in the attic?

  3. george.w says:

    A solar water-heater would be a plus. Especially if it were tied into the heating system.

  4. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    …who puts their water heater in the attic?

    And since they have an “automatic activation and deactivation tankless gas water heater” – what is that big tank sitting beside the water heater in their attic?

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