I switched my electricity supplier over to ‘Good Energy’ recently – they’re 100% renewable. I’ll be paying a bit more but it feels good to do it, so I’ll find a way to work it into my budget.
Time for a cuppa.....TBC
Switch on, switch off?!!
I find it’s very easy to feel that my efforts to live a more sustainable life are too small and insignificant to matter. This can make my path to greendom quite discouraging at times and so for the purpose of self encouragement, I decided to keep a simple journal of the ‘little’ things I have done, am doing and aim to do. To honour my bigness by honouring my smallness – if you see what I mean.
I first of all thought it good to look at my long-term goals in regard to my lifestyle and aspirations – they’re quite simple really – living in an environment where there is a strong sense of community. Not having to travel far to work and only working at most, three days a week. Supplementing my living costs by growing my own veg and trading services perhaps, instead of using money – anyone heard of the LETTS system? I dare say you’ll find it on the web somewhere. I plan to be living in a well insulated house to cut right down on energy use, and will only be using renewables for heating and cooking. I will not be producing any harmful waste! My job will be in some way related to the environment (I’m at college studying conservation right now), and I would like to be encouraging others to reconnect with the land and their community – particularly in a way that brings the generations together – our elders have so much to offer that goes to waste, and our young people with all their gadgets and baubles are in my view, like so many of us adults, so hardwired to an artificial lifestyle – it’s not surprising we see so much disruptive behavior and mental health problems. I realize I’m plugged in as much as anyone – I let my son play far too much xbox – so I can get on with my busy life. Oops, think I’ve slipped off the intended track – on with my mission!!
For some time now I have been recycling my waste, though it took me a number of years to get it together to find places to put my recyclables. It’s just a matter of making the effort, and then getting into the habit of rinsing things out. Don’t get me wrong – I still have off-days when everything goes in the bin, but it’s pretty established and for about a year or two now I’ve been using a compost bin, keeping a tub in the kitchen to carry outside. I remember when I couldn’t be bothered to go out in the cold, but now I keep my compost bin fairly close to the house so I don’t have that off-putting treck to the bottom of the garden. I’ve got longlife lightbulbs all over the house now. For a long while I believed it was more beneficial to leave the majority of them on, (which did somewhat peeve my boyfriend who had a different understanding.) now I’ve come to understand it’s best to turn them all off when not in use (even in places like the kitchen and hall). My acceptance of this pleases my boyfriend no end. (I never did consider smugness an attractive feature :-). I think it also suited me not to have to nag the children about turning the lights off after them, but they’re getting the hang of it…..sort of.