Andrew Yakub

CEO, Rayton Solar

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What is your favorite eco-friendly product that you own and how do you use it?

I have this solar BBQ. It focuses sunlight onto a hot plate and you can grill on it. The food is delicious and there is no gas needed!

Does your house have any design elements that keep your carbon footprint low? If so, what are they?

I have energy star appliances which save me a ton in electricity costs per month, and reduce your usage of carbon generated electricity.

What are two small things you do around the house to live more sustainably?

Use silverware when you get delivery, and tell them that you don't need them to send you plastic forks/spoons/knives.

I also use the same glass for water over the course of a few days to cut down the frequency of washing dishes (it will stay clean as long as it is indoors)

What kind of car do you drive?

I don't! I have not owned a car in 5 years, and hope to keep it that way. Luckily I was able to choose my living situation walking distance from where I work. I think if more people gave this lifestyle a try they would be surprised how simple it makes things.

What is your best piece of advice for others who are interested in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle?

Don't play into fads. Do the things which logically make the most sense as to the impact they have on our environment. There is a lot of misinformation out there.

Have you made any diet changes that allow you to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? If so, what changes have you made?

I love to eat meat, but it is the food type which requires the most resources to produce. I have cut back my meat consumption by about 50%. In the future I think Lab grown meats will become a thing. They in theory would require significantly less resources, so at that time I could bring my diet back to where it was (can't wait!).

What is one lifestyle change you’ve made to reduce your carbon footprint?

I have eliminated my car, and chose to walk, take public transportation, or Uber instead.

Who do you think is making a big difference in the renewable energy industry that the public should be keeping an eye on?