Thursday, January 3, 2008

Tracking our vehicular carbon usage

We are going to try and track our vehicular carbon usage this year. We have 3 vehicles (I know bad)
1. Kia Sedona minivan - 17 MPG
2. Toyota 4-runner - 18 MPG
3. Kawasaki Concourse motorcycle - 40 MPG
Based on the following numbers calculated here:
4800 lbs of carbon would be used if I commuted a full year which is 240 days based on 12 months with 20 days in each month in the kia 21 miles RT @ 17 MPG. This equals roughly 20 lbs of CO2 emitted by 1 gallon of gas consumed.

I would figure the numbers are close enough for the Toyota and the MC is about 12lbs a day for my daily commute. I am going to try and log the daily usage for each time we use a mode and see how we do.

So far for this year, here is where we are at:
1/1 - 10 miles - travel to hardware store for supplies to make our homestead more energy efficient and the local coop for groceries. - 10lbs of carbon emitted :(
1/2 - 21 miles to work and back on the bicycle 20 lbs of carbon negative
1/3 - 21 miles to work and back on the bicycle 20 lbs of carbon negative, 15 miles RT to YMCA for Heidi and the boys 15lbs carbon emitted. Total for the day -5 carbon, still a negative emission rate for the year!

I will add this as a list on the main blog page

On the garden front, we are going through the garden/seed catalogs we have received and are trying to figure out what we are going to order for where and when along with still designing the garden plot itself.

The Quince's

1 comment:

Nickel said...

Tracking carbon emissions is a really great idea!