poot_rootbeer: For the most part, European cities have been planned by a central authority for livability.
ReapTheChaos: Something I noticed a lot when I lived overseas was how they tend to keep a lot of foods in a cupboard rather than refrigerated. Eggs, cheese, mayonnaise, jelly/jam and other condiments, all kept on the countertop or in the pantry. If they had left over chicken from dinner they would just put it in a covered dish on the counter and eat it for lunch the next day. I don't know how the rates of food poisoning compare form there to here but I'd bet it's much higher.
YoOjo: I don't eat dairy, don't take milk in my coffee and don't cook too much and freeze the leftovers.
Skyrmion: Arkanaut: Because Obama is trying to give away as much as he can to the poors.Aha, so that explains it.[cloudfront.mediamatters.org image 636x480]
Mrbogey: The big draws in a home are in order:1. Air Conditioning2. Water heating3. Lighting4. Refrigeration.5. ElectronicsYour best bets to use little energy are use on demand hot water(natural gas), keep your AC set to as high as you can tolerate in the summer and as low in the winter, and go to bed shortly after the sun sets. Refrigeration is being outpaced by electronics for electrical usage due to efficient designs of the newer fridges.
Mrbogey: go to bed shortly after the sun sets
Coco LaFemme: Because unlike Europeans, who tend to go shopping for fresh produce and meats every couple days or so, Americans buy a few weeks worth of food all at once, and we need the space to keep the food cold and fresh until we're ready to eat it. That, and we don't eat the amount of fresh produce per day a lot of people in other countries do, so buying it every other day makes no fiscal sense.
cryinoutloud: They go along with our shopping habits.
feanorn: Old refrigerators are cool.
iron de havilland: YoOjo: You know how in every TV thread there's that guy who says he doesn't have a TV?*coughs*I don't have a refrigerator or a freezer.I don't eat out much and I don't spend hours cooking non-frozen non-ready meals. I eat fresh veg and pulses mainly, all of which I can keep unrefrigerated.I don't eat dairy, don't take milk in my coffee and don't cook too much and freeze the leftovers.Uh.How?
vodka: It's simple, people in many other countries spend a lot more time going out to get food (either to collect and bring back or eat out) compared to Americans.
jaylectricity: It's so we can spend less energy driving to the store less often.Have larger containers of food to use less packaging.Stores can move larger volumes of food at a time requiring only one large building instead of three smaller ones.
namatad: RoyBatty: One of the benefits of living where I used to live in Berkeley, in an older neighborhood, with mixed development and housing was that it was a very simple, quick, and pleasurable thing to walk to a corner market (10th of a mile), or walk to a butcher or bakery or cheese shop (1/2 mile), or walk, even to a supermarket (1/2 mile) to pick up fresh food for dinner.The place was built for walking, especially because it had mixed development.Where I exist now the whole city was designed around cars. Stores, offices, boutiques are all clustered in megacenters with enormous parking lots. The closest "grocery" store is a Target about 3/4 mile away. The closest supermarket is a mile away. There are no independent bakeries or butchers etc. within 10 miles.I'd like to move back to a place with a good walkability score.It has been a LONG time since most americans lived that way.
LordZorch: Knew it, just another envirotard piece on how evil Americans are killing the planet.Go take your puny little fridge someplace else.
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