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Riot for Austerity

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I’ve been considering the Riot for Austerity recently – partly as a possible project, but perhaps more generally as a baseline of something to work towards in the long-term, and to keep improving at as I go.  I think it’s incredibly important to do, as tough as it might be, and on some level we just don’t have a huge amount of choice in the matter anymore.  I can’t say I’m going to follow this completely to the letter.  Right now, trying to track all of these different elements is sounding daunting if not flat-out frustrating.  But I’m going to do my best to see what I can do about getting my consumption of resources down to 90 percent of the American average.

Now, for the specifics.  The goals:

1 – Gasoline: 50 gallons (189 liters) per person, per year / 4.7 gallons (17.8 liters per month).
2 – Electricity: 1,100 kwh per household, per year / 90 kwh per household, per month.

3 – Heating and Cooking Energy: These both fall under electricity for me.

4 – Garbage: 0.45 lbs of garbage per person, per day.

5 – Water: 10 gallons (37.9 liters) per person, per day.

6 – Consumer Goods: 1,000 dollars per household, per year.

7 – Food:  70 percent local and organic, 25 percent dry bulk, and 5 percent wet goods.

Given that there are a number of metrics here that I simply don’t have access to right now, I feel like I might be living by the motto “if in doubt, CUT!” for the next little while.  If I’m not sure I’m where I should be, the best solution for now, I think, is to go as low as possible.  It’s not going to be perfect – like I said, taking on this level of detail right now is feeling like more of a burden than a challenge – but so long as I know where I am and where I’d like to be, I can keep working towards a 90 percent reduction as I go.


Written by Jenn

November 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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  1. Hi lovely lady!

    How’s your Nanowrimo project going? Would love to hear from you over on the blog if you get the chance!

    Andrea x


    November 10, 2010 at 1:16 am

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