It is time to take stock of my so-called New Year’s resolutions for 2019 and see how I did.
Without further ado, here is the list:
- Decarbonize transportation—My 2015 Nissan Leaf has been in the garage for about a year. Over that time ~7,987 miles at an average efficiency of 5.2 miles per kWh. The Leaf saved ~9,119 pounds of CO2 being emitted compared to my prior vehicle. Furthermore, I added ~62% generating capacity to my home’s solar photovoltaic array so for 2020 I should be driving on sunshine 100% of the time.
- No more Amazon—A little bit of failure and a little bit of success. I definitely spent a lot less money at Amazon than in prior years, but it speaks to the company’s ubiquity that I ended up buying anything at all. Want to buy that odd little gadget? Guess what, Amazon is about the only place to find fulfillment.
- No more Walmart—A little more success as I the only trips to Walmart were few and far between for the year. Over the course of the entire holiday shopping season it never entered into my mind to even shop there. Once a store is no longer part of your “consideration set” that has to be considered a success.
- Read twenty five books—51 books read.
- Drink local—Pretty good, but I think I can do better in 2020.
- Declutter my house—Fail. My family and I spent some time getting rid of old clothes and other stuff that was taking up space in our closets. However, it feels like we replaced whatever we got rid of over the course of the year. I know that I will never be a fervent follower of Marie Kondo’s methods nor will I ever embrace modern minimalism. I thought I could do a little better.
- Replace existing toilets with low volume flush models—One toilet was replaced. A second toilet is scheduled to be replaced in January. The third toilet in the house does not get enough use to merit replacement at this time.
- Plant at least five trees—Two Norway spruce trees are in the ground. Three Colorado blue spruce trees in the ground. Mission accomplished.
- Reduce lawn coverage—Fail. I had the best of intentions to start replacing some of my lawn with mixed plantings and landscaped beds. While I got the trees in the ground the rest of the plan did not come together. This is where I am going to focus my 2020 landscaping efforts.
- Ride 2,500 miles on gravel roads—Over 3,000 miles ridden on the year. Mission accomplished.
For 2020 I am going to try and build on what was done in 2019. The goal is to improve each year. Different goals or different metrics, but the overall theme is improvement.