The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
We have been hosts with AirBnB home sharing for a little over a year now and in that time we have been able to impact our community positively in several ways and have been able to make some long-awaited improvements along the way. We have been able to realize a dream of becoming increasingly ecologically responsible. Because of AirBnB home sharing we were able to afford purchasing and installing our solar water heating system. This effectively removes about 4,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from polluting the Los Angeles air annually -- which is equivalent to not driving our car for four months every year! These statistics come from: https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=solar_wheat.pr_savings_benefits Furthermore, AirBnB allowed us to afford coating our home roof with solar reflective coating, lowering our need for air conditioning drastically. We have also just insulated our attic with R-30 rated insulation which also drastically reduces our need for heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Our implementation of these upgrades has also allowed us to return those earnings back into our local community and thus generated more jobs. So in short home sharing has allowed us to substantially decrease our carbon footprint, contribute to our economy, keep our home cool in the summer and warm in the winter without polluting our environment and provide clean hot water for us and our guests directly from the sun - without using the already beleaguered existing infrastructure. We are committed to continuing to lighten our carbon footprint load, and AirBnB home sharing is allowing us to continue to be able to afford this effort.