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  •  You are all kinds of awesome (1+ / 0-)
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    radical simplicity

    We are trying, but not there yet.  We have solar at our house, but we're not off grid, so we still pay fealty to big bad Duke Power (coal and nukes, mostly) to a degree.

    I drive a Prius and husband just bought a Volt... but we log a lot of miles. Daughter and son drive a 4 mile round trip to and from high school every day in our old minivan.

    We don't eat red meat, though, for the most part. And we do have a woodstove that runs every winter night that goes below 40 F (we're in the South, so it's most but not every night for 3+ months).

    BUT my elderly mom lives in Florida and I am her only surviving child...so many flights happen. When the whole family visits, we drive. I can't help this.

    So like many people, we do the best we can, but it's not enough.

    “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

    by SolarMom on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:56:59 PM PST

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    •  I wouldn't say we're awesome (1+ / 0-)
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      SolarMom

      We're just trying, like everyone else. We had a bit of help from a dramatic, extended reduction in income, which limited our options just as we started our building project. Scaling down wasn't entirely a free choice. We did have other living options, but not ones that would enable us to cut our footprint so significantly. And, of course, being flat broke makes not flying easy.  

      You're doing great! In one important way, what you're doing is probably even more effective than what we're doing: you've offset coal with your solar. Ours is in VT, where there is very little coal in the mix to begin with.

      I know it's hard, with distant family, to adjust travel - love has a funny way of making some of our decisions for us. Our #2 travel item elderly parents, which is a close second to my husband's commute.

      The best any of us can do is keep plugging away. You'll find more ways to do more, and you can also make a difference by getting others to do more.

      To paraphrase ASeigel: we need silver BBs, because there is no silver bullet.

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