I’ve recently been thinking about the environmental impact of RVing, and how our current lifestyle compares to our life in NYC on the green scale. There are four main areas that came to mind:
1- Water. Water conservation has been a priority in the RV, and – while we can easily refill our water tank frequently – we are nevertheless careful with every drop used. Shorter showers, no baths, re-use of gray water, dish-washing in a bin and toothbrush-rinsing in a cup have been a few of our water-saving strategies. Thumbs up.
2- Recycling. Recycling was a piece of cake in our NYC apartment. We brought a big bag of stuff down to the basement, sorted between plastic and paper, and that was it. In the RV, we don’t have enough space to have the recyclables lying around for weeks in separate bags. Finding recycling centers can be difficult and sometimes they are in the middle of nowhere, meaning that we would burn through extra gas to get there. So while I used to be very conscientious about recycling, this has definitely been one pitfall of our lifestyle. Thumbs down.
3- Electricity. Getting clean energy from the sun is incredible and the solar panels provide us with enough electricity to charge our computers and turn on the lights. Purchasing and installing the panels was a sizeable upfront investment, but seems to be totally worthwhile. Big thumbs up.
4- Gasoline. Our mileage in the RV is only 10 mpg (and as little as 8 mpg in Los Angeles traffic), making our travels both expensive and heavily reliant on fossil fuels. We try to temper this by taking our travels a bit slower, walking and biking more often, and carpooling. These things do help, but gasoline use in the RV still gets somewhat of a thumbs down.
Did I miss anything? Does anyone have tips or experiences to share?
posted by ayo