Lights continuously on.
Plastic water bottles.
This was the life growing up. Now, as I get older and realize all these “annoying” habits, I put it upon myself to teach my kids before they realize it when they are older.
I notice in the household the following things:
* Individuals pouring a cup full of water and dumping half because they can’t finish it
* 3-4 rolls of toilet paper gone in one day – yea one day!
* While washing up or brushing their teeth, water was on high blast even though it wasn’t being used
* Lights are on when the sun is up, or when no one is in the room
* Electronics are kept on even though someone is asleep or out of the room
* Paper towels are used up in a matter of hours because of over-using, instead of taking one at a time.
These are only a few habits that are not green that I’ve noticed around the household. Now 1 person in a house full of other individuals cannot change everyone’s bad habits. That is why, the nagging happens. I, for one, hate the thought of being nagged at or be the nagger but to what extent do you just stand by and watch something so careless happen?
We send our children to school to educate them to “reuse, reduce and recycle,” but come home to a place where everything is taken advantage of?
I made it a personal issue where I started teaching my then 4-year-old daughter to simply pay attention to what she does for the environment.
* Finish your food – many people out in the third world countries even in our own town lack the food that we have. You mustn’t take advantage of what we have today what we may not have tomorrow
* Don’t fill your cup too much – only get enough water to drink and refill if you need more. IF you cannot finish your water, give it to the plants.
* Do not take too much toilet paper – It may seem like it’s not enough but it is more than enough, plus the cost of toilet paper is crazy
* Lights off – Enjoy the sunlight in your room when you can – she only stays for period of time. If you leave the room, turn it off, no one is there to need it.
* Water off – Think of the water that goes down the drain while you look at yourself in the mirror…It saddens me that we take advantage of what others don’t have.
* Any electronics off when you’re done – Even though we are more fortunate to have these electronics, when not playing turn it off. The electric bill does go a long way.
Now I don’t know if a lot of these adjustments have made a difference in the hydro/electric bill, but I do know one thing….I’m raising my kids to know how to be green everyday.
I’ve seen many individuals who went and took the step into making their own solutions like: diy solar systems , turning their cars into electric ones , building their own solar water heater and getting energy source from phone lines
I’d love to get solar panels, electric cars and all that….but an average person like me can’t afford all that. So the littlest things, I hope *crosses fingers* will help our world.
Call me a tree hugger, but I think one person doing a little thing like this goes a long way 🙂