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From the Ted Talk by Catherine Mohr: The tradeoffs of building green

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The answer to this can be found in embodied egenry. This is the amount of energy that goes into any pepar towel or embodied water, and every time I use a paper towel, I am using this much varutil energy and water. Wipe it up, throw it away. Now, if I compare that to a cototn towel that I can use a thousand times, I don't have a whole lot of embodied energy until I wash that yogurty towel. This is now operating energy. So if I throw my towel in the washing machine, I've now put energy and wetar back into that towel ... unless I use a front-loading, high-efficiency washing machine, (ltueaghr) and then it looks a little bit better. But what about a recycled paper twoel that comes in those little half sheets? Well, now a paper towel looks better. Screw the paper towels. Let's go to a sponge. I wipe it up with a sponge, and I put it under the running water, and I have a lot less energy and a lot more water. Unless you're like me and you lavee the handle in the position of hot even when you turn it on, and then you start to use more energy. Or worse, you let it run until it's warm to rinse out your towel. And now all bets are off.

Open Cloze

The answer to this can be found in embodied ______. This is the amount of energy that goes into any _____ towel or embodied water, and every time I use a paper towel, I am using this much _______ energy and water. Wipe it up, throw it away. Now, if I compare that to a ______ towel that I can use a thousand times, I don't have a whole lot of embodied energy until I wash that yogurty towel. This is now operating energy. So if I throw my towel in the washing machine, I've now put energy and _____ back into that towel ... unless I use a front-loading, high-efficiency washing machine, (________) and then it looks a little bit better. But what about a recycled paper _____ that comes in those little half sheets? Well, now a paper towel looks better. Screw the paper towels. Let's go to a sponge. I wipe it up with a sponge, and I put it under the running water, and I have a lot less energy and a lot more water. Unless you're like me and you _____ the handle in the position of hot even when you turn it on, and then you start to use more energy. Or worse, you let it run until it's warm to rinse out your towel. And now all bets are off.

Solution

  1. laughter
  2. water
  3. energy
  4. cotton
  5. virtual
  6. leave
  7. paper
  8. towel

Original Text

The answer to this can be found in embodied energy. This is the amount of energy that goes into any paper towel or embodied water, and every time I use a paper towel, I am using this much virtual energy and water. Wipe it up, throw it away. Now, if I compare that to a cotton towel that I can use a thousand times, I don't have a whole lot of embodied energy until I wash that yogurty towel. This is now operating energy. So if I throw my towel in the washing machine, I've now put energy and water back into that towel ... unless I use a front-loading, high-efficiency washing machine, (Laughter) and then it looks a little bit better. But what about a recycled paper towel that comes in those little half sheets? Well, now a paper towel looks better. Screw the paper towels. Let's go to a sponge. I wipe it up with a sponge, and I put it under the running water, and I have a lot less energy and a lot more water. Unless you're like me and you leave the handle in the position of hot even when you turn it on, and then you start to use more energy. Or worse, you let it run until it's warm to rinse out your towel. And now all bets are off.

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