Today's rant is on energy consumption, and what I view to be idiotic consumer/societal practices. Point 1: The mail. I get lots of crap in the mail. Every day, I get mail for deals on Pizza, lawn care, Value Packs, Credit Cards, Insurance. I throw away nearly half of my mail every day. All this crap goes straight to trash. More to the point, all this crap takes a lot of energy to make and print on that nice glossy paper. A lot of chemicals go into those nice vibrant inks - that wind up straight in the recycling bin. On top of that, all that crap has to get trucked around by the mail man. So, we wasted energy: -Making It -Shipping It -My Energy throwing it away -More energy to Recycle it How about not sending this crap out to begin with! I never signed up for any of this, why are they even sending it. Make a law against it! Point 2: The grocery store. Paper, or plastic? How about you bring your own bags and have the guy at the counter fill them up with your crap as you checkout? So, energy was wasted here: -making paper/plastic bags -shipping them -costing the store money. Every bag you sell, means prices of goods go up to recover -Recycling said bags (We should note, Recycling means having a truck drive around town all day long collecting crap (like junk mail and paper bags) that never should be in the bin in the first place!) Point 3 The grass. Why the hell do we have grass? Think about it. Does grass naturally grow where you live? Why did we decide that this is what needs to be in the front of our homes? It takes a lot of energy and money to cut it every time it grows. Then we waste water making sure it doesn't die. This water, is very important for the farmers. In fact, we always have public announcements saying not to wash your cars or water your grass because of drought (farmers get priority on your car/grass). Why not get rid of the grass? Not only does it waste water, you put chemicals on it that washes into the water system that takes more energy to recycle (state water gets purified in a filtration plant: aka more energy used). I bet if I paved the front of everyones houses with a reflective surface that bounces the heat back into space, it would have the same cooling effect as grass, without the hassle or use of resources. (Plus I would stop getting that damn junk mail for the guy wanting to cut/fertilize the lawn) Point 4 Trees. They should be planted around your house so that they shade the house in the summer. My physics professors farmhouse has trees that shade it. He never uses the A/C during the summer, except for a few excpetionally hot days. The A/C uses a lottt of energy. Why do we build wide open neighborhoods with lots of grass, and no trees except the one that line the road.