Keeping their carbon footprint low outside, they keep it pretty low inside their house. They monitor their energy use every week. To make sure they aren't using too much, they write it down and compare it to the week before. They want to keep their consumption at 50 kilowatts hours per week. That's a quarter of what Americans normally use. The family tries to reduce it even more, if they are using a little more than their goal.
For the second ingredient to Denmark's sustainability, they had to figure out how to use their stored wind energy. The answer, Danes are putting more electric cars on the road. They're hoping that in the next year or so, their roads are going to be filled with them. I found this interesting while watching the video, a way to get more Danes to buy the electric cars, the government is putting ridiculous taxes on the cars that are still gas powered. One gentleman that filled up his gas car, paid $88 for 13 gallons of gas! That's just for a mid-sized car. If a Dane still wants to buy a gas car, there's a 25% government tax and an additional 180% tax just because it uses fuel. So a $20,000 car, turns out to cost $70,000 in the end. I don't know about you, but I'd rather pay for the electric car that costs less and is more friendly to the environment.
I think if America wants to become more sustainable, we need to be looking at countries like Denmark as an example to change they way we live and to reduce our footprints.