20 May 2008
Anyway, as I’m still drying out from a very late out of the office i’ve not had lunch yet it’s raining pretty steadily walk home … and this is a topic I’d like to get back into writing about (since it’s been over fifteen years), I’m curious..
What is one thing you’ve recently done in a conscious effort to do better for the environment?
Moi? I’m trying not to replace tech gadgets just because a new flashier model is out. Sure, part of it is economics, but I really don’t see the point in replacing my cell phone each year. It’s not really “free” no matter what the company or really nice sales guy tells you (the most recent person to do this knows who she is and she should know i’m not happy about her doing it). My iPod is going strong and my (this is embarrassing) three laptops are all working. Sure I don’t have the latest OS and I can’t view videos on my particular iPod, but do I really *need* to upgrade? I know, I know, I just bought a new digital camera, but I’ve not tossed (and won’t) the old one. That was not a light decision er well, yes it was, but the decision wasn’t made lightly and I almost bought the prior model (which wouldn’t have had a key feature I need, but I digress)
I’m also trying to remember to shut out lights when I’m done*. Huh? Shouldn’t I just do this? Well, when I lived by myself I always knew if I was done with the light or whatever. Now that E could be in the mix I often forget (even when I’m alone for hours) and think perhaps he might need it. Which is silly especially when I end up with the kitchen, main room, bathroom and bedroom lights all on. There are at most two of us here and as far as I know we can only be in one room at a time. He reprimanded me on this the other day and I’ve been trying to be better about it. It hasn’t helped me that our electricity is bundled into the maintenance and I don’t see the month-to-month usage. I find therefore I’ve had a difficult time finding a strong incentive. Which is also silly.
I have no guarantees how long this new topic will last, especially if I’m writing stuff like this in the second week, but time will tell.
*and it’s not shabbat. that’s what timers are for. yes it’s weird and i don’t totally get it, but c’est la vie.