Over the last 12 weeks we have all become much more aware of usage across all categories, especially around the house. Turning off lights, unplugging chargers and lowering thermostats are just a few of the things that do not require that much work but make a difference.
When people initially hear about the “energy diet,” they assume it is some hard core challenge where we have to give up almost everything and live off the land. You know: The kind of things people in Colorado would do.
We have shared our journey on Facebook and it has been an interesting source of conversation. The funniest question we get is “What are you going to win?” I always make a snarky remark about the trying to help make the world a cleaner place then engage in a discussion about the little things that make a difference. It is interesting how many people think they are “Green” or “Eco friendly” but as you start asking questions about lifestyle you see there is much room for improvement. As we learned.
One of the best tools I have referenced to inform people about the little things is the bio page on the site. It is a simple checklist of things that in many cases are quite simple to implement, like switching out light bulbs. We try not to be overly green evangelists, but it can be difficult. The funny thing is now that the kids are environmentally aware they are quick to call people out. They are like little missionaries.
Educating the kids always sparks the most dialogue. In a recent discussion, a colleague asked me what we are doing to educate them and how we explain complicated things like carbon footprints. A big part of the education process is simply reinforcing the little things. We can not expect much more from them at this point. I also referenced the energy website and described how we all sat down and walked thru all aspects of our carbon footprint using the interactive tools. The imagery helped make the connection for the kids. Flying on planes is not good, riding a bike is good was one of their takeaways. Only time will tell if this has had long term impact on the girls. Perhaps they can take their little brother through the challenge when he gets bigger.
It is not that challenging, is the one message I would send to anyone who has been following or interested in changing behaviors in support of a more energy-efficient lifestyle.