With Earth Day upon us, it’s a good time to ask a simple question: How energy efficient do you consider yourself?
A few days ago, I would have rated myself a 3.5 on a scale of 1 – 5. But recently a colleague challenged me to take an “Ecological Footprint Quiz.” At the end, it tells you how many “Earths” would be required if most people lived “your” lifestyle. So I took the quiz. And let’s just say, I’m not anxious to share my results!
Now, I wish I could blame my “not so favorable” score on my family. I mean, I’m forever chasing after my children to turn off their bedroom lights – or my husband because I swear he falls asleep in the shower. But the truth is, most of us can do a little more in the fight against global warming. It’s a real epidemic – and we’re witnessing the consequences of it daily. If you haven’t seen the statistics lately, they can be eye-opening. I’ve listed some of the more astounding ones in my blog, “Global Warming 101 – Facts & Stats.”
To be honest, I wouldn’t call myself a through-and-through energy enthusiast, but I do try to be aware of my energy use – especially at home. As I’ve said before, doing my part to help prevent global warming, lets me worry less about the future for my children. There really is no bigger motivator than that. So, I take all the normal energy conservation measures such as turning off lights, unplugging electrical appliances, using cold water to wash laundry, recycling, etc. And I have to admit, I thought I’d score about mid-scale on this quiz. Nope. As a matter of fact, I was a little shocked at my results. Surely I am more energy efficient than the results show. Or, do I just like to think I am?
The choices in the quiz opened my eyes to the things I’m not doing. And it got me thinking about simple energy efficiency measures I can take to better contribute to the energy dilemma. So, in honor of Earth Day, I am going to commit to installing an instant water heater on my sink. I’m also going to begin purchasing biodegradable cleaning products. Just think, by doing these two simple things, I’ll be helping to save the Earth—and a few bucks in my wallet!
For more quick tips and money saving ideas, I invite you to read my blog, “Walking the energy management walk – It’s personal.
If you’re an energy enthusiast, I’m guessing you’d probably rate yourself high on the energy efficiency scale, right? I challenge you to take this quiz and share your results, as well as your Earth Day commitments, below.