Here is a breakdown by goal of my progress so far in 2020:
- Deeper decarbonization: An electric lawn mower and weed eater are in the garage ready to go. I cannot wait to report on the run times for the batteries and the overall experience of completely shedding small engines for yard maintenance. Some other projects, most notably a new electric air source heat pump water heater, are going to have to wait until the restrictions around coronavirus subside. In a way, all of this restriction on travel, which leads to less shopping and wasteful trips, is decarbonizing my life. It’s not good to be going through this saga, but the energy diet is a nice side effect.
- Replace 500 Vehicle Miles with Human Powered Transit: This one is a little hard for me to imagine right now as we are not driving at all. The cars in our garage are basically sitting save for a weekly trip to get groceries. I will be very curious to see what our mileage totals look like for the month of April as the lockdown continues.
- Ride 2,500 Miles on my Bicycle: 47.93 miles by the end of March. It’s not much, but it is ahead of last year’s pace.
- Ride 2 “New to Me” Trails: A goal for warmer weather. Stay tuned.
- Local, Direct, and Packaging Neutral Beer: Check out the details here. A little bit of a misstep as I prepared for coronavirus lockdown by buying up some cans from local breweries.
- Read 40 Books: 22 books down. Not too shabby for one quarter.
- Reduce Lawn, Increase Landscape Variety: This is a goal for the spring, so look forward to some progress now that the temperature has gone up and the snow is off the ground. Plus, what else am I going to do in a world where we are sheltering in place.
- Maximize Local Food: Until about mid-March I was killing it with local food. According to my calculations, local food comprised almost 50% of my grocery spend. Then coronavirus happened and we decided to stock up. A couple of big trips to warehouse clubs and weekly grocery pickup have killed my local grocery shopping. Even so, local groceries make up about 33% of my household grocery spend. I am hoping to improve upon that in the coming months as we all learn how to navigate a world impacted by coronavirus.