Sustainable Sundays: What Can I do?

Posted: February 6, 2011 in Sustainable Sundays
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 Those who wish to change the world for the better should not begin by vilifying the public they seek to persuade, or by confronting it with a task that appears impossible.  Theodore Roszak

Last week we talked about ecological footprint, in other words how much of an impact our individual living styles have on the earth.  Now if you went through the footprint calculator last week you know that there are some real specific things that directly drive your impact on resources.  Things like how far you drive, how many airline trips you take, the size and energy efficiency of your home and even what you eat.  The calculator is a gross tool, it takes a look at the larger picture without analyzing the details, for instance it asks you the size of your house, but not what level of insulation do you have; the type of windows; do you have a radiant barrier or how hot do you keep your house in winter.

I hope the calculator doesn’t make you feel bad, trust me the number you get will always be larger than you think it is.  The purpose of the tool is to make you aware, not make you feel bad and give you an indication of the direction you might want to take and the things you’d like to do.  So this week, let’s start exploring what specific things you can do to reduce your impact on the earth, while at the same time, saving you a little bit of money.  We’ll hit a couple of topics this week and come back to this idea again over the next couple of weeks.

Recycling can be a bit confusing and certainly takes up a bit of time, but if you are throwing out recycled items than you are throwing out money.  Also, if you don’t want to do the work, there are plenty of people who will do it for you.  In my neighborhood there is a homeless gentleman who comes by every Thursday morning and I set out a bag of rinsed recyclables for him and he handles taking them to the center and gets paid.  Now yes, I’m not getting that money but I feel pretty good about helping him out, call it a two-for and there are benefits of giving to others as well.

Tire pressure believe it or not is a sustainable issue, and presents the opportunity for you to exercise my adopted motto fiscal stability through sustainable initiatives.  This is probably the simplest, make sure your tire pressure is set at the right level, it will increase the life of your tires and save you money on gasoline which is heading on its way to being $4 a gallon again.

Have a great day.

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