Day 40 - Putting A Stop To The Energy Vampires
If your childhood was anything like mine, your mother probably scolded you often for leaving your hair dryer plugged in because doing so could "burn the house down". While there's only a very slim chance of that happening, there is a 100% chance that your plugged-in hair dryer is sucking energy that you're not just wasting, but also paying for.
Anything that's plugged in to an outlet at home is using energy, whether it's turned on or not. That goes for your:
- Cable box
- Wireless router
- Coffee maker
- Hair dryer
- Curling iron
- Alarm clock
- Air conditioner
- Phone charger
While it's not realistic to unplug every single appliance when it's not in use, you can group appliances in one room together onto a power strip with an on/off switch. For example, group your TV, cable box, and router onto one strip and switch it off when it's not in use or before you leave the house. Group your toaster, microwave and coffee maker as well.
The one exception to this is lamps, which actually draw very little power when they're switched off, so if you can't group your lamps with other appliances, don't stress. If you can, that's one extra little step towards conserving energy. The planet will thank you, and your pocketbook will too.
Source article: Clean Technica
Mat and I are moving out of our apartment today, and we are headed out on a traveling adventure before we return to the Western Hemisphere.
My beautiful farmer friend wrote me an email with a whole lot of information relevant to my current quest for the right balance in my food choices, and the unique perspective of someone who spends every single day in the dedicated service of the animals in her care.
Spending the weekend in a place like this gave me hope that despite what humans have done to ravage the planet, incredible biodiversity still exists, and there are people who are actively safeguarding it.
I WANTED TO SCREAM. I wanted to cry. I wanted to stop every person I saw walking along the water and say "WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING?!" at the top of my lungs.
Remember that this exercise is about awareness and gradual change, not overnight perfection.
I won't say that we stuck to 100% vegan foods the whole week. But we did completely abstain from meat, and we stayed away from dairy probably about 90% of the time.
Here was someone who got it! Someone who understood! Hallelujah!
It takes 660 gallons of water just to produce enough beef to make 1 burger.
Some of the data referenced in this film was new to me, and at first I was skeptical, but the longer I watched, the more convinced I became that a plant-based (vegan) diet is healthier for humans.
How much can you refuse? Can you keep your plastic waste to under 5 pounds for the whole month? To under 3 pounds? Can you actually manage not to discard any plastic at all?