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October 11 - October 25, 2017
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Dennis Williams

ESR 171 PCC Sylvania Fall 2017


  • 0 TODAY
  • 274 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Dennis's actions


Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.



Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 per day that I do this.



Disable Screen Savers

I will disable screen savers and will put the computer to sleep instead, saving up to 28% more energy.



Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.


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    Dennis Williams 10/25/2017 8:23 AM
    wow...I took the Earth Day Network ecological footprint quiz, and it appears that I am killing us all :/ if everyone were to live like me we would need 3.8 Earths. 

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      April Ann Fong 10/26/2017 11:42 AM
      It is interesting to choose another country (say Bangladesh) and to answer as much the same and get a much lower footprint! We are unaware as Americans how much having clean water, sewers, electricity, roads, etc., and meat in our diets affects our footprints!

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    Dennis Williams 10/22/2017 7:47 PM
    So, I have actually been baking a lot, and just forgot to post anything...I've also been doing a lot of one pan cooking, and single prep multi day cooking (this cuts down own dishes and the amount of energy time on my stove)

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      April Ann Fong 10/23/2017 3:09 PM
      Mmm...cookies...yay for homemade food! All your food is the same color! Don't forget your vegetables!

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    Dennis Williams 10/15/2017 12:30 PM
    So the energy audit showed that we were much more efficient than most of our neighbors, I grew up being scolded for leaving stuff on, or doors maybe I had a bit of an advantage in that it has always been a thing in my life. Also, a huge thing for us is we have been prepping the house for sale, so the refrigerator (main) in a new energy star, and I just had the crawl space and attic re-insulated last spring. We both work hard to keep our usage low, since we are mostly a one income household until I graduate. The report listed a few changes that would result ina net 6% increase in efficiency: adding solar to the roof and swapping the second fridge to energy star. Overall we came in 90% more effiecient than our neighbors.

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      April Ann Fong 10/17/2017 6:37 PM
      Hmmm...try not to compare yourselves too much to your what makes an impact on your footprint that makes you proud! :D

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    Dennis Williams 10/15/2017 12:03 PM
    I've gone through the programmable electronics in the house and set them to shut down after periods of disuse, 15 minutes for my desktop, 30 minutes for the TV.

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    Dennis Williams 10/02/2017 12:26 PM
    so, I added some organic/non-gmo baking ingredients to my shopping list yesterday...I have dough proofing now, and will be having (hopefully) french rolls with dinner tonight.

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    Dennis Williams 10/01/2017 3:34 PM
    just a quick note, the picture of the painted hills that I used for my banner is not mine, Gregory Retallack took this picture in his series on the 'Oregon Badlands' and I am using it through creative commons.

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    Dennis Williams 10/01/2017 3:00 PM
    some of the energy items are easy one time fixes/ I should be able to get a running start and see if there are other more long term behavioral items that I can work on as well.