Energy Diet

Heading for the Long Haul


Before the challenge actually started, I had great expectations about my achievements. I thought I would finally start composting and grow a beautiful and prosperous food-based garden. Eight weeks later that was exactly where I failed…

Looking back I have to admit I was not up to my expectations and there’s still much work to be done specially on the transportation category.

In my defense, it was not a good time to start this challenge. My maternity leave had just come to an end and I got back to work. In my new role as a working mother, it was sometimes a run against time to turn the weekly posts in on time. I did not manage to host a couple of cute worms in a composting bin nor did we replace our shower head with a low-flow model.

But the challenge doesn’t have to end here. I intend to continue some good habits, such as washing my laundry during off-peak hours, and introduce new rules: the no-television and no-Internet day (we kind of tried this before in our childless days, but it might work now as at 10 pm we are dog-tired…).

But let´s look on the bright side. Although sometimes Tiago doesn’t turn off his computer during nighttime (it’s updating, he says!), we did manage to reduce our electricity bill! I re-started to use cloth diapers on my baby and changed to paperless billing (have been meaning to do it for such a long time!).

There are 1001 ways to save the planet, but it doesn’t mean we have to adopt them all at the same time. If each one of us adopted and stuck to only 10 sustainable measures that would really make the difference! Like in a quote I use as a sub-headline on my personal blog, “We can find our own paths. We can take charge ourselves. We can simply start.” (by Colin Beavan).

Comments

  1. Christina Nunez
    July 12, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Nice photo! Many thanks for being part of the diet, Monia. You get my vote for best headline of the whole eight weeks: “Forgive Me Mother for I Have Freecycled.” Love it!

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