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  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Online Energy Audit
    What are your next steps for saving energy?

    Matthew Strasser's avatar
    Matthew Strasser 4/30/2021 1:35 PM
    I was surprised to find my house was a 9.3 out of 10.  Most recommendations were incremental or really big.  I may look at a water heater replacement, moving to tankless when my current traditional atmospheric vent tank style water heater dies.  That'll save me about 24 therms of gas per year.  Not much, maybe $300 over the life of the unit, but I'm just one dude.  Who loves long showers.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

    Matthew Strasser's avatar
    Matthew Strasser 4/30/2021 1:19 PM
    My motivation to compost comes from the fact that our landfills function as a long term storage for food waste and not a place where it breaks down.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

    Matthew Strasser's avatar
    Matthew Strasser 4/30/2021 1:18 PM
    We can ensure our virtual meetings honor the company's culture by adhering to the recommendations on virtual meetings posted on Square1.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Matthew Strasser's avatar
    Matthew Strasser 4/30/2021 11:13 AM
    I need to get better about turning off my phantom loads - mainly chargers that are plugged in but unused.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants
    What did you learn about the climate impact of refrigerants? How do supermarkets contribute to this impact?

    Matthew Strasser's avatar
    Matthew Strasser 4/30/2021 11:12 AM
    I looked into the evolution of refrigerant usage and Montreal, Kyoto, and Kigali amendments/protocols for reducing ozone depletion and GWP.  The commercial HVAC market is still all topsy turvy .

  • Thu Nguyen's avatar
    Thu Nguyen 4/30/2021 9:31 AM
    Vegan scones we made during zoom baking:

    3.5 cups whole wheat flour
    1/3 cup olive oil
    3 tablespoons baking powder
    3 tablespoons rosemary
    15 oz can tomato sauce
    1 tsp salt
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 tsp garlic salt
    1 tablespoon red chili flakes

    -combine and knead all. form two 3/4" disk and cut into pizza slices. bake at 400F for 12 minutes. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

    Matthew Strasser's avatar
    Matthew Strasser 4/30/2021 9:07 AM
    As a mechanical engineer, I can always float out Geothermal as a possible HVAC system.  However building type and location can play a limiting role in its application.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

    Matthew Strasser's avatar
    Matthew Strasser 4/30/2021 8:45 AM
    I'm really cheap/frugal - so reduce/reuse/refuse is kinda second nature, but I could always be better.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives
    What inspiration and wisdom can you gather from your family, faith, or community traditions that would help you in both communicating about and addressing our most pressing energy issues?

    Matthew Strasser's avatar
    Matthew Strasser 4/30/2021 8:44 AM
    A gallon of gas is about 19 lbs of CO2 (not including drilling, refining, transport).
    The equivalent energy from the national grid is 9 lbs of CO2, just from generation (burning fuel).
    The lifecycle cost of that power from coal is 19 lbs of CO2.
    Lifecycle emissions from natural gas is 10.2 lbs of CO2.
    Lifecycle emissions from Utility Solar is 0.9 lbs of CO2.
    Lifecycle emissions from On Shore Wind and Nuclear is 0.3 lbs of CO2.
    We have to compare based on lifecycle since solar and wind are minimal in operations - most of it is from construction/deconstruction.

    A gallon of gas today in the metro is $2.46-$2.72.
    10 kW-hr of electricity is about $1.38 (plus other service charges).
    Yesterday, Mike showed us how to sign up for renewable power for little added cost.

    Just a rehash from the happy hour (again).
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate For Greener Vehicles
    How does advocating for green vehicles in your community connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to fuel-efficient vehicles?

    Matthew Strasser's avatar
    Matthew Strasser 4/30/2021 8:43 AM
    Just some reminders from yesterday's happy hour.

    A gallon of gas is about 19 lbs of CO2 (not including drilling, refining, transport).
    The equivalent energy from the national grid is 9 lbs of CO2, just from generation (burning fuel).
    The lifecycle cost of that power from coal is 19 lbs of CO2.
    Lifecycle emissions from natural gas is 10.2 lbs of CO2.
    Lifecycle emissions from Utility Solar is 0.9 lbs of CO2.
    Lifecycle emissions from On Shore Wind and Nuclear is 0.3 lbs of CO2.
    We have to compare based on lifecycle since solar and wind are minimal in operations - most of it is from construction/deconstruction.

    A gallon of gas today in the metro is $2.46-$2.72.
    10 kW-hr of electricity is about $1.38 (plus other service charges).
    Yesterday, Mike showed us how to sign up for renewable power for little added cost.

    So - electric cars can cut our fuel cost almost in half, have reduced maintenance costs from fewer or less active parts (radiator, oil, brake wear), and cut emissions by up to 98.4%.

    And there's an exploding market of them.