Ed Olsen

Sales Representative, SunPower by EmPower Solar

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

Two Electric Vehicles. We power them with the sun!

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

Solar Energy System, Geothermal heating/cooling system.

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

We recycle as much as possible, including bringing soft plastics to the local supermarket to recycle. We compost regularly and grow many of our own vegetables. We also have a rain barrel for water collection to be used for gardening/landscaping.

What kind of car do you drive?

Chevrolet Volt (two).

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

Go solar and drive an electric vehicle.

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

Yes. We purchase our meat from local farms in upstate NY.

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

We use a Swedish Dishcloth to replace paper towels as much as possible. We walk and ride bicycles for local shopping as much as possible.

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

Elon Musk is an obvious choice. He is pushing the sustainable mobility concept more than anyone, specifically electric vehicles.