Friday, July 9, 2010

Repower At Home

Last week I made a small step and unplugged my fridge.

Don't get overly impressed! I am not going appliance free quite yet. But I did downgrade to a mini-fridge. Yay efficiency!

It's a little step, but it's a step. And the more people who are conscious of the energy we use, the more we can begin to reform our society into a place that isn't totally dependent on cheap energy.

And there new initiatives popping up every day encouraging people to cut out fossil fuel use in their daily lives:

Emilie Wolfson completed: Use the cold wash cycle

Keith Goodman committed to complete the action: Replace your outdated refrigerator

Ravi Garla completed: Save money with a manual thermostat

Brenna Muller created a new team, Richmond Urban Gardening Collective

Emilie Wolfson committed to complete the action: Eliminate vampire power

These quotes were taken from the Repower at Home website. The campaign is challenging Marylanders to reduce our energy use by the equivalent of one million pounds of coal by 10/10/10.

Their website lists all kinds of ways to reduce your energy needs.

If you're interested in getting involved, they’re looking for people to start teams in their communities and get the word out to friends and neighbors via the web.

Sadly there just aren't enough hours in the day for me to form one of their teams, but I am more than happy to work for their cause by promoting local and seasonal food, riding a bike, and otherwise maintaining an awareness of the role energy places in my life.

Forming community AND doing direct action to create a healthier planet?!

Now that's a society I like to live in.


Nick Biddle said...

"Ravi Garla completed: Save money with a manual thermostat"

replace with programmable, win at conservation, avoid exploding pipes when you accidentally shut off your furnace before leaving the house on a cold winter's night.

************* said...

Hey Nick! Yeah, it's true, I considered leaving the manual thermostat tip off because it's kind of complicated to do.

A programmable thermostat makes much more sense!

Melissa said...

I'm in Charles Village and we use a clothes line. We have a backyard and so string it up between a tree and our deck. We wash in cold water and dry in the sunshine from March to November; the dead of winter, I dry most on a drying rack in the basement. Saves money and is better for the environment.

************* said...

Hey Melissa! Yup, using a clothesline instead of a dryer is definitely a step I need to take... I need to get a drying rack asap!

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