The carbon neutral man.

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Australian and American homes are the biggest on earth and average at 229 square meters. It sits strangely with our notion of being green. We know the bigger the house the bigger the cost in using energy in cooling or heating. Those enormous houses provide shelter for 2.5 people on average. Any drive through the newest of Australian suburbs show enormous houses juggling for space sometimes with the roofs almost touching the next door neighbour’s house.

There needs to be something said in only building houses for our needs. Australia is not very good at that. The article suggested that to win the Australian Award for excellence a mandatory sustainability checklist should be included. It goes on “Entries won’t be judged unless they detail the floor area, occupants per square meter, energy consumption, use of gas and green power, air tightness and renewable energy.”

Remember those reductions of using coal generated electricity needs to be achieved if we want to prevent this earth from dying? All buildings need to be carbon neutral! We need to build houses that are just enough instead of maximum size. Do we need 4 bedrooms, with a master en suite, walk in robes, butler’s pantry, home theatre, study, mud room, alfresco dining?

Of course the opponents will argue that choice is the foundation of democracy. Any incursion on ‘freedom’ must be avoided. Well, the choice to ignore building sustainable housing is not much chop if it kills this earth.

My home is about as carbon neutral as possible. I keep getting credits on my electricity accounts due to my twenty solar panels. On my grave the epitaph;

“Here lies a carbon neutral man, keep off the grass”.

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15 Responses to “The carbon neutral man.”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    Great epitaph.

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  2. shoreacres Says:

    Over here, we call those oversized houses “McMansions.” They’re everywhere, and generally tasteless, just like the burger for which they’re named.

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Interesting and true, Gerard!
    Good epitaph! 🙂
    Lovely photo!
    (((HUG))) 🙂

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  4. gerard oosterman Says:

    Thank you Carolyn. Cooper looks so handsome in his coat.
    Hugs and rubs,

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    • doesitevenmatter3 Says:

      You’re welcome and thank you, Gerard! 🙂
      I’ll let Coops know what you said! 😉
      Please give Bentley some Pats and Rubs for me! 🙂
      Have you heard from auntyuta? I’ve been worried about her. Haven’t seen her around WP for awhile. 😦

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  5. gerard oosterman Says:

    Hello Carolyn,
    Uta has been in hospital for the last ten days or so. She has a fractured wrist and leg problems. I have spoken to her by phone a few times and she is looking forward to going home and resume her domestic life. She sounded quite chirpy but is isolated, can’t have visitors because of Covid and is without WIFI!
    I believe she is being moved to a private hospital today for rehabilitation. She has a large family that look after her.
    I left a message on her WP yesterday.

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    • doesitevenmatter3 Says:

      Poor Uta! 😦
      Thank you for letting me know. I hadn’t seen her around WP and was getting worried about her.
      I’m so glad her family is looking after her.
      I’m sending love, (((HUGS))), and best wishes to her for healing and recovery.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        According to one of her daughters, Uta is now in a private hospital. I tried ringing but during weekends the hospital is closed and no phone calls are taken.
        I’ll try during the week again.

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      • doesitevenmatter3 Says:

        Okay. When you hear, let me know how she is doing. (((HUGS)))

        Liked by 1 person

      • auntyuta Says:

        Thank you, dear Carolyn!

        Unfortunately, The Private Hospital was full of extremely sick and dying people. I was definitely not sent to a rehab place!

        But I am finally home now, a wonderful quiet place! 🙂

        I call myself very lucky now. –

        However, my dear brother Martin, who lives in Benalla, Victoria, went through hell in the meantime. I was still in that hell of a hospital when Martin had an extremely bad accident –
        His beautiful dog probably did safe poor unconcious Martin’s life by sitting on him till help arrived –

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      • doesitevenmatter3 Says:

        So good to hear from you, Uta! I was worried about you.

        I’m so very sorry to hear about your son Martin! 😦 I’m so glad Millie was with him.
        (((HUGS))) and Love!

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      • auntyuta Says:

        Correction, Carolyn: Martin is my only son, not my brother! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Sustain | Says:

    A good post! Thank you 🌍😊


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