Tonight we audited our household consumption and have realized, to our delight, that for some time, we have already been regularly following many of the suggested energy diet tips and feel like we are off to a good start.
After scoring ourselves on the challenge, we can now visualize where our stengths lie (Water Conservation), but also where we could be doing more (Waste Disposal & Reduction). Overall, we observed and are happy that we scored well below the national average, while realizing there are always more ways to do better.
The challenge now is how to further reduce our daily energy use and get our kids to pitch in. There are a few areas where we have developed our own creative (and economical) solutions, such as instead of installing low flow toilets, we strictly follow the mantra “If it’s yellow, let it mellow;” and where it is mentioned to regulate beef and seafood consumption, well, we just don’t ever consume seafood and might buy 500g (1 pound) of grain-fed beef a dozen times annually.
Over the next eight weeks, we have committed ourselves to make efforts to regularly unplug electronic devices, especially things like BlackBerry chargers, nightlights and laptops, which we always seem to forget about. But we also think it’s important to spread this awareness and get others on board or to affect the same changes in other places where we spend a lot of time, in our case, the workplace and at grandma’s house.