Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lights Out!

No that's not your Mom yelling at you to go to bed, it's the earth yelling at you to remember to turn out the lights when you leave the room. And that brings us to...

Day 5 of No Impact Week:Energy
Energy is something that I find very hard to scrimp on using. If I'm not outside hiking, biking, exploring or reading a book you will most liked find me sucked into the vortex of the internet. Or watching endless seasons of Gilmore Girls. So here are some easy and possibly fun ays to cut down a little on your energy consumption:

-Day. Light. Rise with the sun fall to sleep with the rising moon. Instead of sleeping until noon and staying up until 3 playing video games make use of the day time hours.

-Summer is hot, winter is cold. Wear a tank top instead of cranking up the AC. Winter chills? Pick up knitting and knit yourself some extra mittens, socks, sweaters, afghans to keep you warm.

-Eat Raw one day a week and go without the stove top or microwave. You'll have fun challenging yourself to cook in a new way, and might find some new delicious recipes! Maybe some Raw Vegan Brownies?

-Use power strips to plug in all your appliances/chargers. Turn the strip off when your not using it to avoid sucking down useless energy.

-Throwing a BBQ? Make it a Solar BBQ.

-Cut out TV for one day a week(or more). Instead read a book, catch up with a friend, go for a walk, find a new hobby. You'd be surprised how many things there are to do besides veg out in front of the tube.

-Buy Green Power

-Read this precious story for inspiration to cut out the t.v./electronics.


These are just some random suggestions. The best way to reduce your energy is to examine your lifestyle and figure out where you are using the most energy. Then decide if it’s really necessary and see where you can cut back. As always even the smallest change can make a big difference. Think of the chaos theory :)

Are you addicted to t.v. or your computer? What's your favorite t.v. show?

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