Monday, May 12, 2008

It's not easy being green Part 1

"The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Genesis 2:15

Every once in a while I get on a "green kick." I'm no fanatic, but I try to make a conscious effort to be friendlier to our environment. During college I was amazed at some of my friend's living habits, which inspired me to write an article to prepare students for the bills of the real world. My focus was energy saving...specifically, saving on electricity bills. With summer (and higher energy consumption in almost every way) just around the corner, it seemed like a perfect time for a post to encourage "green-ness."
More and more companies are hopping on the green band wagon. Proclaiming themselves as "a green companies" that "care about the environment." This is an interesting shift from comparing products to their competitor's to comparing how their methods stack up against their competitor's on a global-awareness scale. As Christians, we too are called to care for the environment. We are to look after the land. Unfortunately, we live in a throw away society...and many of us were raised in a world that thought that there was an endless supply of energy. Thanks to gas prices rising more than two dollars in the past five years, we now know better.
So, as we enter summer, here are some helpful tips that I've gathered over the years. These will save energy and money! I'll post two daily this week. So check back on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
1.Turn off lights when you leave the room...light switches are usually conveniently located near the entrance to a room, so a simple motion is not that hard. I don't think you'll get carpal tunnel syndrome, but you just might feel better about how you're treating the environment.
2.Turn the A/C down. If you're used to staying in the 70-72 range, get used to 73-74...it will save quite a bit of energy, and really lighten the load on your bill. Ceiling fans can help keep rooms feeling cooler for a fraction of the cost! Lights may be the most obvious thing to point out, but even the most environmentally unfriendly light these days uses more energy than an air conditioning unit.

4 comments:

Darcie said...

People forget how much heat light bulbs produce. Turning them off is really a two-for-one deal.
Now, tell me how to use less water when hand-washing and we're in bidness.
But not risky bidness.
Unless there's a hairdryer involved.

Russ Bowlin said...

good point. i guess that's another advantage that the newer bulbs have. also, although they give off a slightly blue-er tone, flourescent lights use a less energy and produce very little heat...making them A/C friendly. but still, turn off your lights when you're not in need of them. thanks friend!

Russ Bowlin said...

oh, and i'll be giving tips on saving water tomorrow...hopefully

drc said...

I've got Nancy Drew skills, I find everyone eventually. Muahahaha...