'Early Show's' 'Clean and Green' Family Takes Extravagant Carbon-Curbing Measures
The global warming fearmongers apparently claimed more casualties â but this time the victims, a Florida family of seven, have taken extraordinary measures to ease their consciences.
âWeâre truly concerned about what we are doing to this planet right now,â said Bill Weinaug on the September 27 CBS âEarly Showâ âClean and Greenâ segment. âIf we keep on the path weâre going on, itâs not going to be good for our kidsâ kids.â
What have the Weinaugs done? Theyâve managed to reduce their carbon footprint by 90 percent, the show said. Judging from the report, it wasnât cheap â and CBS contributor Danny Lipford didnât disclose how much they spent.
The Weinaugs built an elaborate rainwater harvesting/irrigation system that includes three large cisterns and a system of downspout gutters and irrigation conduits.
âWe redirected all our gutters, piped them to big above-ground tanks,â Bill Weinaug said. âWeâre actually changing all the planter beds around the house to a drip-mist irrigation system that actually just waters the plant, not like the entire area. That will save a considerable amount of water.â
But how much money will it save? Lipford said it will save âa lot of money,â but that doesnât seem add up.
Specifics of the Weinaugsâ rainwater harvesting system werenât clear from the report, but such a system can range anywhere from $1,500 to $7,000 to install according to the City of Portland, Ore., Office of Sustainability.
However, the average residential water bill for the familyâs area, nearby Hillsborough County, Fla., is only $33 a month â suggesting it might take awhile to recoup the initial investment of the rainwater harvesting system.
The Weinaugs also purchased a hybrid vehicle. That can be expensive as well. A Toyota Prius has a manufacturerâs suggested retail price (MSRP) in excess of $22,000. The MSRP of the comparable 4-door, 5-passenger Toyota Corolla is $14,405.
Their other vehicle is a diesel Ford F350 and that âisnât necessarily the greenest vehicle on the planet,â according to Bill Weinaug. So how will he rectify that carbon-belching indulgence? â[W]eâre seriously looking at biodiesel, either from a retail pump or weâre even looking at vegetable oil,â he added.
According to CarJunkie.com, bio-diesel conversion kits are priced from $650 to $1500. And if Bill Weinaug wants to purchase bio-diesel from a retail pump, heâll have to drive 23 miles from his Apopka, Fla., home to Groveland, Fla., the nearest bio-diesel pump according to Biodiesel.org.
The Weinaugs have also taken some other measures that included considerable expenses. They bought new appliances.
And what about the small stuff?
âRecycled paper for paper towels and then our garbage bags for our garbage cans are made of corn,â said Weinaug.
The lesson from this CBS âThe Early Showâ report: If you want to âgo greenâ and reduce your carbon footprint â bring your checkbook.