But It Just Might Work attempts to answer one question. What can individuals do to stop global warming?
While literature urging you to join the fight is everywhere, it’s difficult to find a step-by-step handbook for personal change that isn’t fractured or misleading. This website is the handbook you’ve been looking for.
Architect and clean energy expert, Tyson Siegele, walks you through the process of changing your energy consumption from fossil fuels to clean energy. The process does not require sacrificing comfort or convenience, but it will save you money.
All recommendations are backed by high quality source material – EIA, DOE, Energy Star, and peer reviewed studies. Calculations by authors are included, making it is easy to follow along.
ButItJustMightWork also includes a list of what not to do, which is at least as important.
Start with the Easy section. This is a list of things that are easy, cheap, and pay for themselves quickly in avoided energy costs. Unless you already have a very energy efficient household, you will decrease your home energy usage by about 15% in one day. After reading these tips, you may wonder why you weren’t doing them already. If you have already completed the easy tasks, that’s great. Keep reading.
After checking out the easy section, you will probably get a little bit of the energy efficiency/renewable energy bug. You may think: This is simple! It makes my life less expensive, more convenient, and more comfortable! What else can I do? That’s a great attitude but also the point of danger. It’s where a lot of well-intentioned people go off the tracks. So the next step is heading over to Stuff to Skip. In that group of articles you will find commonly believed myths of energy efficiency. Some of the “stuff” is okay but will lose out to better options. Others are flat out a waste of time and money. (Triple pane windows, we’re looking at you.)
Cars are the next stop on the tour. This is easily the quickest way to cut down your carbon footprint. If car purchases weren’t so infrequent and expensive, it would be No. 1 on the list. On the other hand, once you experience how much fun an electric car is to drive, you will probably move up the timeline for your scheduled replacement!
Next, check out the full Going Renewable section. Having already completed Easy, Intermediate is the next step. It covers everything you should consider before taking the plunge into generating your own energy.
Installing your own source of electricity is not for everyone. Plenty of people live in apartments or in houses where solar power (the easiest self-generation source) is either not an option or not practical because of roof orientation. You don’t need to feel bad. That’s just how it is. In the intermediate step you learned how to fully transition your energy consumption to electricity. Simply by doing that, you will end up moving to renewable resources eventually as the grid transitions over (it is currently at about 30% clean energy). I’m not suggesting you abandon your house or life in order to go renewable.
If you are living in a house that is a good candidate for solar and you have the ability to make the loan payments, then jump in with both feet. The loan payments on your solar system will be lower than your current utility bills anyway. You will save a little money in the short run, and a lot of money in the long run. Plus, moving to 100% renewable is a direct counterattack on global warming. See how to proceed in the Total Commitment section.
Last but not least, review what we have to offer regarding Everything Else. There you will find ways to offset the fossil fuel use you aren’t willing to go without (air travel anyone?). You will find a quick and easy form letter to email to your government representatives, along with a handy link with their contact information. With the references on that page, you can let your reps know how you feel in less than 2 minutes. Finally, if you like all the info on the site. Please spread the word.
It’s crazy… But It Just Might Work!