Low-density = big refrigerators
This is related to a discussion a few weeks back about new car-dependent
"eco-suburbs" and how to best save energy/lower emissions (by greener
Perhaps this is entirely obvious and/or has been written about in other
ways, but, having lived without a refrigerator for the last month
(planning to get a pricey, efficient one) it has become more clear to me
how much in Western cities the length of a shopping trip can affect the
size of a fridge.
I have heard that a fridge is the biggest single user of electricity in a
typical American house. I have no fridge now so I shop a few times a day,
and fortunately good shops are steps away. BUT in "car-dependent suburbs"
there is the ever-present "big shopping", which many people have to or
feel they have to do in order to make the long trip worthwhile.
So, they use lots of energy (transport) it seems to get the stuff they
need, and then more energy to preserve it with a big fridge (and freezer)
until the next trip. Also with a bigger car they can fill a bigger
of course this forms a circle.
I realise that lots of little stores also use lots of little (relative to
supermarkets) fridges and freezers.
Any thoughts? Studies? Anecdotes?
Todd, in Prague, equidistant between a good small store and the pear and
walnut trees in the backyard....
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- given that poverty = more violence
In a post peak oil economy, car dependent areas will be more
economically depressed that the urban areas of the East and West
Coasts of the US.
Therefore, I expect to see violence increase throughout the US in the
near future with a disproportionate level of violence in the Mid-West