This week’s challenge is to conserve energy by turning lights off around the house. Although I think I have already starting becoming more conscientious about this since I started Guygoesgreen, it certainly is a behavior that I need to improve. Hopefully, you can join me this week on this eco challenge and both give me tips on what you do to conserve energy and possibly also learn along with me.
I have been told ever since I was a little guy that I should turn lights off when I am not in a room because it is wasteful. I, being somewhat stubborn and forgetful, may not have been the best at this and hope to learn about this type of wastefulness and take effort to change this behavior. I learned last week that I might have a tough time re-training my brain, but I think part of my journey is not only learning how to be green, but also how to rewire my brain for some things.
Some of my previous tasks require multiple steps and thought to follow through with. Those challenges seemed to be a bit easier for me. It is easy to say “I can only shower once a day” and for me it is easy to turn off the faucet when I brush, but it seems that there are some very small actions (or inactions) that I perform nearly every day that are difficult. For example, last week my challenge was to not use plastic bags and it seemed like I only realized that I took a plastic bag once I was in my car. I did it without thought. I think that possibly this might be another one of these tasks.
So, now that I know going into this green challenge that I will need to retrain my brain, do you guys/gals have any suggestions right off the bat? Are there any tricks, tools or suggestions you have for me to make sure the lights are off or how to conserve energy in relation to the lights?