Just a quick post about measuring your lifestyle.
While doing common place things like running a heating and cooling system or driving to work, a typical American household outputs 150 pounds of carbon daily. Does this really matter to anyone? It might if you simply view it as a measure of our consumption level. The European average carbon output is half that amount while the global average is 1/5.
Why does this matter; it is a clear measure of our over consumption in this country. As we all struggle to cut our expenses this is an easy low-cost way to make a big difference. Doing a simple thing like turning back your water heater thermostat from 140 degrees to 120 degrees could save as much as 5% of your monthly electric bill. While each of us cannot make a big difference, all of us together can greatly reduce our overall consumption.