Living the low-carbon life
By Elizabeth H. Singer
We read with great interest Juliet Eilperin’s front-page article [“Beyond recycling and light bulbs,” Jan. 2] about the Swedes coming to Northern Virginia to help local families adopt a low-carbon lifestyle.
My husband and I live in Howard County; we have friends who’ve installed geothermal heat pumps or solar panels, and we know lots of people with hybrid cars.
We’ve cut way back on driving and cut our kilowatt hours dramatically by adding insulation to the roof and sealing leaky ductwork.
When we needed a new roof this fall, a local company installed reflective asphalt that comes with an energy tax credit that cut the slightly higher cost. We saved money when we went to 50 percent wind-generated energy through BGE.
I would argue that there is a grass-roots effort in my community, and we even have discussion circles about energy saving, alternative energy and local and sustainable food consumption. Our kids are “greening” their schools through Green School certification, and many people are seeking a model for the future.
So it’s great to see the Swedes come to the rescue and help us to speed up, but as Americans with a can-do spirit, many of us are taking action now.
| January 6, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
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