Karisha Kal`ee`ay has been working to reduce her environmental impact for years, so as a professional writer, it makes sense to minimize and offset the carbon footprint of her work. A solar thermal system heats the office where she writes (with a conventional furnace for backup on cloudy days). The sun also powers a solar water heater year around, which offsets 10-15kWH per day that would otherwise be needed to run the conventional electric water heater.
Her lights, computer, and other electrical appliances are powered by a 5kW solar electric (photovoltaic) array which feeds excess power back onto the grid, making the neighborhood’s electricity supply a little bit greener! Karisha is also very careful to buy energy efficient office equipment, and she only uses 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Any waste paper is reused as scrap paper before eventually being recycled.
“I chose to use Carbonfund.org to offset my work as a writer for the same reasons I’ve used it in the past to offset my personal energy usage: the third-party certification, financial transparency, nonprofit status, project affordability, and project options.” -Karisha Kal’ee’ay