Energy Diet

Can’t believe it will be the last post. How time flies! I remember the excitement when I first heard this program and decided to take part in it. I expected a great change in my life and quite much pressure coming around the corner. But you see, I’ve got through it and now, I have to say, it’s a great experience that I will always treasure in mind.

Actually, most of us have a lot of knowledge about energy saving and environmental protection, but as time goes by, we gradually lose consciousness about such things and only care about living an easy and cozy life. Like the story in the film Fight Club, many people try hard to make more money than they need and quickly spend it on something they like or want, but do not necessarily need. We become tired and unsatisfied. As a consequence, the earth gets more burdened and tired, too. When will we reflect on our behavior and make the changes happen in our own daily life?

Certainly, the circumstances in China are more complex. Though it seems China is getting much stronger in economy, living conditions for most Chinese have not improved so much accordingly. In fact, as far as I know, many people in China are still struggling for life and making ends meet. They don’t own cars, houses, air conditioners or things like this. That’s probably a reason why energy and environment issues don’t seem so appealing here. However, if you see it from another aspect, poor people also try hard to save energy for financial purposes, which can also be seen as a good deed. That’s what I have been thinking in these eight weeks.

In my dorm, as I have said before, we have electricity consumption restriction, though it’s not strict and more like a guideline. However, as the room is not so spacious and we have restrictions on electrical appliances, most of us lead a very simple life, which makes us consume not much energy. But that doesn’t mean this program hasn’t changed our lifestyle much. As I have posted, we have done what we can within our reach, and we are happy for that.

Habits don’t change easily. At first, we still kept the light on after we left the room, thinking we would return shortly. Sometimes we poured out the water left the day before, not using it for washing or something. Then someone would remind the others, and gradually we formed the right habits. When I see the taps not screwed tightly, I feel upset and turn them off. I really hope more people can do these things, and that we will do them for the rest of our life.

One thing in particular that I set out to reduce over the eight weeks was my consumption of meat. Before the diet, I ate between 15 and 20 ounces (approximately 400-600 grams) of meat per week. I was able to lower this amount to about 5 ounces, or 150 grams, per week.

Thanks for the readers who patiently see the whole process we have got through, and thanks for the editors who gave much good advice. You are so supportive. Let’s make recycling and energy saving an ongoing habit for every habitant on the earth.



  1. Christina Nunez
    July 12, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Zong, I have been impressed at how much you and your roommates have been able to improve what is already a low carbon footprint lifestyle. Thank you for your inspiring participation!

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