Energy Diet

Home Is Where the Sustainability Is

This week seems to have passed by so quickly. First and foremost, I have to note that the changes that I have made in the past two weeks all together have made a huge difference in the way I motor through  my daily routine.

It’s shaken it up quite a bit, and I would say definitely for the better. All of those little checkboxes are on my mind all the time, and I have to ask myself a series of questions before I leave the house every morning as I try to pack everything I need for the day. I have started to pack my lunch the night before I go to school in the morning.

I plan so that I don’t feel tempted to buy my lunch as school, I pack re-useable bags into my backpack prior to leaving and I triple check to make sure all the lights are out and appliances aren’t plugged in. I’ve switched many of my normal food items to organic, which I am going to try and sustain for as long as possible. It does get quite costly but it is worth a try because in the end it is definitely for the better.

When asked to tally up the energy bills in my house, I was stumped. I live in the basement of a house, so my utilities are included in my rent.  The difficulty of being in a situation like mine and not knowing how much energy I am consuming in my house is challenging, but living by myself grants me to control how much I consume. I’ve started turning the water off when brushing my teeth, running the dishwasher less, and using the washing machine less as well. To think I used to wash just my towels is embarrassing, but I guess that is what this experience is all about.

After I wrote such a critical take on Vancouver in my post last week, I continued to think about Vancouver and these eco-friendly interventions made by the consumer market. A city like Vancouver is a platform. All of these environment-savvy options are available just about everywhere, but ultimately it is about being aware of the choices that you are making in not only material consumption but food as well.

After actually reading labels, I also learned what product wrappings were biodegradable or recyclable. It’s important to read these labels to know where to actually put the waste when you are done. If it doesn’t end up in the recycling then it won’t get recycled.

Vancouver provides an awesome gateway for everybody to do re-vamp their habits and reduce their carbon footprint. The transit in this city is some of the best I’ve experienced among Canadian cities (in Calgary you are lucky if the bus comes sometimes).  

These changes do prove to take a conscious mind to process, but over this past week I really have noticed that I am much more present with everything that I do that I would have normally done on auto-pilot before. This comes from my inner and mostly secretive (no longer) yogi, but the more conscious we are with how we impact the environment, the more conscious we are about being present and appreciating what we create around us.

I also promise to upload some photographs next week with my post!


  1. Christina
    Washington, D.C.
    January 31, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I’m in the same boat, Lindsay! Utilities are included in my rent, so I couldn’t calculate my usage for anything either. But I’m impressed with what you’ve been able to do. It’s true that those checkboxes start to make you think before you do stuff…

  2. Trisha
    July 1, 2011, 3:12 am

    So true. Honesty and everhtying recognized.