How To Be Greener

Friday, 20 April 2007 at 5:00 am Pacific USA Time.

With Earth Day coming this weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about the small ways I can be "greener." Here are some things I’m doing in case they inspire you OR you have more ideas for me. :)

  • Turn off the air conditioning and open the back door. Cuts my energy bill.
  • Turn off the lights when leaving a room, even for a minute. The Mythbusters TV shows that you use more energy leaving a light on than turning it off, even for short trips out of a room. So turn off lights when you’re leaving the room, even just for a minute.
  • Rinse of dishes with warm instead of hot water. Less usage of the hot water heater.
  • More walking to the local shops. Saves gas (and anything my car might emit) driving to them.
  • Make my dog’s food. Saves cans and paper labels from being thrown away.
  • Run the dishwasher or clothes washing machine when I can totally fill them up.
  • Rechargeable batteries. I’ve nearly stopped buying alkalines. I have rechargeable AA and AAA batteries that I use for just about everything. So I’m not throwing away batteries (and their acid and their packaging).
  • Solar. I’m buying some portable solar panels from eBay. With over 320 sunny days here in Arizona, I can surely power some of my stuff from the sun and not the wall plug.
  • Keep using my GPS navigation as much as possible. The less lost you are, the less gas you’re burning for no good reason.

I get OK gas mileage… around 21.4 on average across all of my driving. But I drive very little, probably around 10K miles a year. Most of that is going to and from the Phoenix airport since the Tucson airport barely flies anywhere.

I’m doing what I can and what feels right, and I’ll always look for more new ways. You can too!

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