Thursday, September 27, 2007

al would be proud

so remember this?

well last month was the first month that i was actually enrolled in the program. it took an unbearably long amount of time to get my forms processed and whatnot.

and i just got my bill and it's $5 less than the one i got last month. so on top of the fact that it cost me nothing to switch to wind power and it was easy as pie, it also feels pretty damn good to think i'm helping out the environment. i like being eco friendly. here are the ways (mostly common sense) i'm helping and ideas for how you can do your part:

1.) hang dry more of your clothes (or city dwellers: use those spinny machines that get all the extra water out of your clothes, it cuts a good half hour off your drying time, saves energy and quarters!).
2.) take public transport to work or carpool!
3.) don't litter.
4.) make sure you're turning off lights/televisions when you leave a room. (we have a huge flat screen tv in our cafeteria at work and i'm constantly turning it off when there is no one in there watching it.)
5.) unplug appliances that you're not using (they use energy even if the power is off).
6.) switch to wind power! energy companies all over the country give you this option, even if they don't advertise it.
7.) start replacing old light bulbs with CFLs.
8.) recycle, recycle, recycle.
9.) whole foods shoppers: save those plastic bags. you get 10 cents off your purchase with every bag you bring in and reuse.
10.) use those mugs when you're stopping at starbucks or dunkin donuts or wherever. not only will they keep your coffee hotter longer, you're not wasting the cup.
11.) ladies, don't take shopping bags if you don't need them, if your purse is big enough for that top or that pair of earrings, don't make them give you a bag for it.
12.) don't let the water run while you're brushing your teeth.

all hail al gore!

3 people who played with me:

Blogger Peter DeWolf said...

Look at you!

Nice work.

9/27/2007 11:34 AM  
Blogger Cousin said...

Prefacing this by saying I try to live eco-friendly (rabid recycler, mindful of energy use -- I even use solar-rechargeable batteries!), there are some ugly truths to energy conservation. For example, eat a hamburger and you've undone about half a year's worth of conservation. More disturbingly, one can make a compelling argument that private conservation effort merely enables China and others to fill the void (and then some). The biggest problem with conservation is that it presents an economic "tragedy of the commons" when its voluntary. If we're going to unilaterally save the environment, it will require a gas tax and a lot of green-industry subsidization (and/or government mandates -- in Japan there are garbage policemen who make sure you are recycling your plastic bottles!) rather than providing the current level of entitlements to baby boomers. Don't hold your breath.

End of NY visit yesterday: St. Mark's bookstore, Donut Pub (yum!), and lunch with a friend at some indescript Cuban place near NYU's campus.

9/27/2007 1:50 PM  
Blogger Max said...

I would be eternally grateful if you would share the Milk & Honey number with me a fellow virgo and Borges fan. I'm a polite, discreet, BBC tv editor who can be trusted with such priviledged information. I have loved this charming spot and am devastated to no longer have a current number. I apologise if I am posting to the wrong part of your blog. I am new to this blog business. My email is libraryofbabel.p8@gmail.com

12/12/2007 10:30 AM  

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