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post Jun 28 2009, 01:48 PM
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So, I've finally given in to the horror that is car ownership. For people that are bothered about such things, it's a Y-reg Ford Focus, 73k miles, and more importantly is coloured green.


I filled it up with petrol and felt pretty horrible about the fact that I am burning a substance that took millions of years to come into existence, so can anyone recommend a good site where I can fund the planting of trees or other projects to try and get some carbon footprint neutrality?

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post Jun 29 2009, 09:01 AM
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The Focus isn't too bad on fuel economy. But you should've bought a diesel, mate. Seriously, as uncool as they might be, they aren't massively off the pace of a petrol engine and you can go further on a tank. And they are more reliable.

And if you feel bad about the whole burning of liquified dinosaur thing: Do you ever buy anything? Do you ever go out anywhere on public transport? Do you ever turn on any electrical devices? Do you have gas supply to your home? Unless you answer no to everything, you are using the self same fossil fuels you worried about in your car. You'll probably find you use less of the stuff in your car than you do in your everyday life.

You could try going for the home electricity generator, apparently you can get a grant for it and if you fit it and it works well enough it can cover about half your electricity usage overall. And if you produce excess at any time it actually credits your account as you feed it back into the grid! It's a bit noisy and in high winds it doesn't work, but it's worth looking at and you could cut your carbon footprint a good chunk by not using as much juice from the power station.

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