As I “copy and paste” five years worth of old posts into new journal format, I came across this post, almost two years ago today, which I would like to share. It’s always a good reminder of how we can conserve and make a dramatic difference if we all take little steps. A better world is possible and it’s within our power to make a difference.

A GREEN WORLD BY THE NUMBERS (posted Feb 24, 2004)

JR pointed these facts to me from a magazine so I thought I’d pass them along.

If ever American unplugged their television when they turned them off, they’d save 8.45 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That’s twice the amount produced by the Hoover Dam

If SUV’s complied with the same fuel-economy standards as ordinary cars, the US would save one million barrels of oil and day, more than the Artic National WildlifeRefuge could produce at peak volume

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for 3.5 hours

On average , a homeowner with an automatic sprinkler system over water’s his lawn by 112,000 gallons a year

Sixty-five million trees are cut down to make the 500 piece of junk mail sent each year to every person in this country

A family of four can save up to 20,000 gallons of water a year – the amount needed to fill an average-sized swimming pool-by using a low-flow showerhead

If all cordless phones and answering machines sold in the US in the next year were Energy Star certified, consumers would save $ 4.4 billion in electricity

Replacing a single incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulbs saves more than $50 in energy cost and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by nearly half a ton

Recycling two gallons of used motor oil provides enough electricity to cook 48 meals in a microwave oven

Forty percent of the country’s lakes and rivers are unsuitable for fishing or swimming

The DOE has introduce an initiative to encourage the installation of solar energy systems on one million roofs by 2010. If successful, it will reduce carbon emissions every year by an amount equal to that produced by 850,000 cars.

Compared with the average car, an SUV getting 13 miles a gallon wastes as much energy each year as leaving a bathroom light on for 30 years

Under inflated car tires reduce the fuel efficiency, wasting up to two billion gallons of gasoline a year

Scientist predict that if global warming continues as its present rate, by 2030 there will be no more glaciers in Montana’s Glacier Nation Park

Readers, do you have any eco-facts? – please post them in the comment box below!

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  1. dermot says:

    I recently read a stat that blew my mind:

    It takes 20 lbs of coal to power a TV for one hour.

    That brought it home to me…

  2. Anais says:

    Hi Dermot

    How are things at your homestead? Thanks for sharing this fact with us.

    You might be interested in seeing the film ‘Kilwatt Ours.’ You can always borrow it from us if you’d like. This film goes into the dirty facts of the coal power.


  3. Dermot says:

    Great! I’d love to see that – I was sorry to miss the screening. Sometimes I lose total track of time. The epression “clean coal” makes me laugh.

    I just finished fixing my garden this weekend, and then came the rain! I am well pleased. Lots of seeds went into the soil – I couldn’t have timed it better.

    The wierd thing is, the night before (there was no inkling of rain) I dreamt that it rained. In my dream, I took my newly purchased buckets and put them outside to capture the rainwater. The next morning, as I stood outside, I felt rain. I remembered the dream, and ran inside to place the buckets on the deck, where they are not filling nicely. Funny – I don’t think I would have done that if I hadn’t dreamt it first.

    That’s the great thing about gardening – the dreams are rarely stressful … whereas “computer” dreams (be they about work or games) are horrible and filled with pointless struggle.

    I’ve been following your site every day – I can’t
    wait to see “Escape from Suburbia” – that should
    be a blast.

  4. Anais says:


    The film is in our little video collection so you can borrow it whenever you like.

    Looks like everyone is doing a bit of a “raindance” Whoohoo some decent, soaking rain! It was so nice hearing the rain come down last night…. so peaceful.

    Dreams can be pretty powerful. The more you work with/in nature the more you get “feelings” as you become connected to the earth’s rhythms.

    I agree, you can never be stressed in a garden. All bad thoughts, feelings go away when you start tending the earth.

    And if you had a bad year, then spring always comes around to give you/us another chance.

    Wishing you a bountiful year.


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