Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Singles Use Energy

Anyone seen this? Says singles use more energy. I wonder if they controlled for city living vs. suburban living.

8 comments:

Carfree Chicago said...

I'm actually surprised we don't hear about that more often. I share 750 square feet with my boyfriend. Considering it would be difficult to find a studio under 400 square feet if we lived apart, that's pretty good energy savings on heat and a/c, not to mention energy saved in constructing housing. We also share one fridge, one tv, one oven, etc., as opposed to each of us having one if we lived apart. This all adds up to more energy savings. Neither of us drives, but I imagine households that do drive save a lot of energy sharing rides as well -- only one trip to the grocery store instead of two, one trip to dinner, etc.

Rhywun said...

Ha ha ha -- move to NYC. My previous studio was 250 sq. ft.

Anyway, non-drivers certainly use energy to get around too. I thought I read somewhere that the energy use per person of the subway isn't all that much less than cars. But I am not an environmentalist so I frankly don't care; I favor transit over cars for other reasons.

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

More reason for better open spaces and third places eh Rhywun?

Rhywun said...

Absolutely, I am for better open space. What's a "third place"?

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

Third place is a term used to refer to a place you would hang out regularly but its not your home and its not work. It usually refers to the local pub or coffee shop that one frequents.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Place

M1EK said...

In most of the country, singles are living in suburban apartment complexes, not downtown. They endure all the driving and most of the energy use of a McMansion.

Rhywun said...

In most of the country, singles are living in suburban apartment complexes, not downtown.

How sad. How do they meet anybody?!

Bob Davis said...

Maybe they don't want to "meet anybody". Ever see the signs that say, "The more I deal with men, the more I like my cat" and similar expressions of relationship aversion?