April 21, 2012

Earth Day ~ Every Day: Week Eight

Happy Earth Day! 

 Earth Day ~ Every Day Week Eight:
Energy-Saving Around the Home
April 22-28, 2012

Thank you to everyone who has been participating and/or leaving helpful comments throughout the past seven weeks! I have been considering creating an e-book (for free) at the end of this project, including the lessons, participants and their posts (including links to their blogs), and comments relative to eco-friendly living. I may also tweak the weekly lessons and assignments to include a bit more of a Pagan twist and revisit this project again next year. I'll be sure to keep you updated once I hash out the possibilities.

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This week's focus is on saving energy around the home. If you're able, you might implement or suggest ways to save energy usage at your workplace as well. Some of the first things that come to mind include the energy used in heating and cooling, electricity use, fuel for heating water or cooking, and water usage.

The United States Department of Energy offers a FREE 36-page pdf booklet online discussing average energy usage and numerous ways to decrease the amount of energy your home uses. It's called, Energy Saver's Booklet: Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home.  There is a section showing the optimal amount of home insulation for each area of your home, a major appliance shopping guide, a section discussing renewable energy options, and much more.

I've already mentioned a few of the things we're currently doing within our home to save energy (and money). These include installing a tank-less water heater, setting up a rain barrel for water conservation, refurbishing our 110 year old house with proper insulation, looking into installing a geothermal energy unit, and investing (soon) in solar panels.

Your Assignment for Week Eight is to list as many things as you can think of that eat the most energy in your home at the present time, and then do some research into how to tackle each of these problem areas. Please share any useful tips for saving energy (putting lights on timers, doing much of the cooking and baking at once for the coming week while the oven is already hot, replacing an old appliance with an Energy Star appliance, turning the heat down just two degrees and using sweaters, sealing up air leaks around doors and windows, etc), and sharing any informative links or resources you run across.

Extra Credit ~ (Optional): You know about "Earth Hour", right? For extra credit, start a tradition of turning off ALL of your power for the full 24 hours each Earth Day, beginning this year!  As soon as you're done reading this post, get a hold of all your friends, neighbors, family, social community friends and tell them you are having an Earth Day Party for the next 24 hours! Then gather up your family members along with some candles, pitchers of water, board games, snacks, a deck of cards, a few beverages, the knitting project you've been putting off, some coloring books or sketch pad and pencils, books you've been meaning to read, etc...

On Monday the 23rd, share your experiences in the comments here or within your blog. Did you tell stories, discuss how life was for folks before electricity and plumbing was available in the home, share some memories and laughs, reconnect with your loved ones? Did your friends or neighbors follow your lead? Will you make a yearly tradition of this practice?

If you haven't joined in with our Earth Day ~ Every Day Campaign: 13 Weeks of Earth-Wise Exploration, it's never too late to begin! Just click the title of the Campaign directly above, read the brief instructions, and enter your blog URL in the comments section. The Earth thanks you for your efforts. ;)
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.


MagicLoveCrow said...

Another great post Polly! I know we got all new energy saver toilets. Mom got new windows upstairs too. I think the next thing we have to do, is add some insulation! The house is old, but in good shape ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

Polly said...

Awesome! I learned a trick for when you can't afford to replace a toilet but want to use less water...just fill an empty 2 liter soda pop bottle with water, cap it and put it in the back of the tank. It will cause the tank to become full with much less water being pumped in each flush since it displaces much of the "space" already.

Hugs back! XXX

MagicLoveCrow said...

Very interesting!!! Thank you!

Timeless Rituals said...

This is a very interesting challenge! Here in Italy we are very far away from saving energy, recycling etc....

Polly said...

Really? I had no idea! Well, I learn something new every day :)

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