I can't help but giggle at the daily "save the environment" habits I've easily become accustomed to. After leaving each room, I make sure lights, music and tv's are always turned off. Whenever I run errands and need to make a quick stop at a drive-thru bank, our dry cleaners or the occasional fast food/coffee joint, I turn off my vehicle's ignition, I never leave doors to the outside ajar for fear of wasting heat, I only run full loads of laundry...and so on. It's amazing how quickly these habits became just that, habits. And even more amazing how quickly my 2 year old has caught on to my behavior and practices some of the same energy saving habits as well.
Our son never let's us leave a room if the lights are turned on. Part of it is I know he loves to be in charge of turning the lights on/off and loves the recognition of doing a good deed. But the other part I can't help but think is a little environmentalist emerging from his own personality.
And so I challenge all of you to pick one simple, easy energy saving, environmentally safe habit to embrace. Every time I watch my son carefully turn off our lights and shut our doors to the outside, I think to myself if my 2 year old can so easily pick up on these great habits, why can't the rest of us? If you need some ideas, below is a great list of easy habits to choose from:
- turn off your lights and unplug unused appliances (2/3 of electrical energy used in the US in the residential sector powers lights and appliances)
- stop idling in your vehicle (saves precious clean AIR that we breath, reduces use of power needed to operate our vehicles)
- quit using plastic water containers! Duh, I cannot believe people still do this. Spend $10 on a reusable water bottle and fill it up with safe water from your home. Most water purchased in plastic bottles comes from municipal water supplies anyways (Aquafina).
- utilize mass transit if available
- seal up your house (weather stripping and caulking are inexpensive and work efficiently)
- buy recycled products if you can
- replace old furnaces, water heaters and other energy guzzling appliances
- reduce, reuse, recycle!
- cloth diaper
- replace toxic house cleaners with green cleaners (they really do work just as well)
- plant your own garden
- use washable hand towels versus paper towels (when you can)
- get involved in your community (become an activist, donate your time, do something!)
- try to plan your errands on the same day to reduce unnecessary driving)
- keep your vehicle in good working condition
- purchase clean energy
- begin composting
- water only during cool hours
Have a wonderful day,