CarboNeutral

I’m hardly carboneutral. This is my summer estate.



Wild Thing II with BigBlue, originally uploaded by Zeus Ocean Storm.

However, that being said. The 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 4×4 2500HD with the 8.1L engine spends more of its time in the yard than on the road. It’s the first vehicle I’ve ever had where the warranty ran out of time before it ran out of miles. It is a sturdy workhorse for its intended purpose, providing horsepower for RV’ing adventures. Has passed lesser vehicles going uphill, while under load. Over the past three years, the average MPG indicates 888 gallons of gas consumed.

The commute vehicle, gets 52-56 PMPG, on many and most days. That’s Passenger Miles Per Gallon. Yes, I carpool for my commute. For the past two years, the average MPG indicates 838 gallons of gas consumed.

But wait, there is more. Annually, according to my heating oil provider, 900 gallons of fuel oil is consumed to heat the house and the water. This is my next action item, get off and out of using nonrenewable heating system. Geothermal is my targeted source. Fully natural, not even really renewable in the true sense of the world. Using the naturally stable temperature of the deeper earth, pump heat out in the winter, pump heat back in the summer. If I add enough solar panels, with battery storage systems; once my initial investment is recovered, except for necessary servicing routines, the heating and cooling become essentially free.

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