Monday, 18 January 2016

Adaptation A - Refined Research for the Infographic

In preparation for writing the script for my infographic, I needed to collect some more data and statistics to back up my main points. Below I have listed the most useful sites and quotes for my 10 steps. This post is mostly just for my own reference but I felt I should upload it anyway.

1 - Turn the standby light off on your television.   
A- 'The Energy Savings Trust states that up to £80 a year is wasted in the average home due to appliances left on standby.'

B- 'How much energy do household appliances use?
ApplianceWhen on (watts)Standby (watts)


C- 'Figures show that 8% of the total electricity used in our homes comes from appliances left on standby.
 Standby buttons on many appliances use up to 90% of their normal power in standby mode.
The biggest culprit is the stereo, which wastes £290m worth of energy and 1.6m tonnes of CO2 a year when left on standby. VCRs waste the second biggest amount of energy, followed by TVs, games consoles, mobile phone chargers, computer monitors, DVD players and set-top boxes.'

2 - Don't use plastic bags. 
A- 'Americans throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags every year, and only 1 percent to 3 percent are ever recycled.'
 'What’s So Bad About Plastic Bags?
Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They clog waterways, spoil the landscape, and end up in landfills where they may take 1,000 years or more to break down into ever smaller particles that continue to pollute the soil and water.'

switch to reusable shopping bags.

B- There are a lot of useful points on this website that could prove useful for the script.

3 - Eat less meat, more vegetarian meals. 
A- Some useful points here.

4 - Take shorter showers.  
A- 'Cutting shower time can save a surprising amount of water. Using an average number of 2.5 gallons per minute from the typical shower head, reducing your shower length by 4 minutes per day would save (assuming you shower every day, ahem) 3650 gallons per year.' 

5 - Avoid using water filters as they are wasteful.
A- 'Of course that is crazy, but let me put this in perspective.  A reverse osmosis system wastes about 4 gallons of water per gallon made.  If you use 3 gallons a day for drinking, cooking and internal consumption, that means you will waste about 12 gallons, making a reverse osmosis system about 25% effecient!  Is that bad?'

B- Seemingly has the actual facts about reverse osmosis and the pros and cons of it

6 - Know your place in society, be happy with where you are (don't aspire too high).  

7 - Let your government know what a wonderful job they're doing. They work hard to keep you happy and healthy.

8 - Limit the amount of children you have.
 A- 2 child policy in china. Is 1 or 2 children better?

9 - Don't waste your time being creative (or studying art), do something more useful with your life.  

10 - Don't let your elderly relatives weigh you down, chuck 'em out.

A- Interesting debate here, could be useful.

B- More on the facts here.

1 comment:

    Modern Toss

    Adaptation B?

    The Sound Collector is cool!