Sunday, July 13, 2008

2,000 watt lifestyle

Available on-line from The New Yorker (LINK), a very good article about the island of Samsø in Denmark (Wikipedia LINK), --how it became carbon-neutral and a net exporter of energy--and more broadly about the challenges of living a 2,000 watt per year lifestyle (2000 Watt Society LINK).

I love this two quotes:
“People on Samsø started thinking about energy,” Ingvar Jørgensen, a farmer who heats his house with solar hot water and a straw-burning furnace, told me. “It became a kind of sport.”

“We care about the production, because we own the wind turbines. Every time they turn around, it means money in the bank. And, being part of it, we also feel responsible.”
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