Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I Wish I Knew How to Quit You, Hot Shower

I try to live as "green" a life as possible. I do. And I try to talk about it a lot here. But, you know what, I am just like most people - there are things that I know that I should do differently, or not do at all . . . but there are just some things I can't get myself to quit doing:

  • Taking a nice, long, hot shower. I know I should conserve water, but my Moen Rain Showerhead feels too damn good first thing in the morning.

  • Keeping my laptop on overnight. So, yes, its in "sleep" mode, but it still uses significantly more energy than if it was OFF. But, it takes too long to boot up after being turned off (or, maybe, I am just too impatient).

  • Planting pretty flowers that need a lot of water. Although we have maintained a fairly colorful garden in our front yard with minimal watering this summer, my backyard pot garden (since, um, my backyard is CONCRETE!! so I have to have everything in pots) needs water every day. I know it isn't a lot of water, but it irks me anyway.

  • Buying Sparkling Poland Spring water in big, plastic bottles. I love that stuff! I like to make faux mimosas with it - just pour over ice and juice. Yummy!

  • Washing my clothes in hot water. Look, my high efficiency washer kind of sucks. There. I said it. It may be Energy Star compliant, but, it does not get my whites white and it takes a lot of effort and pre-treating to get the simplest stains out. I swear, I should just buy everything in black from now on.

  • Leaving a window open while the air conditioning is on. Yes, that sounds sorta crazy, but I really like the fresh air. Even a bit of DC's version of "fresh air" is better than being stuck in a house of recycled, stale (yet cool) air.

  • Using too much water to hand-wash pots and pans and stemware. I go camping. I know how to wash things with the smallest amount of water possible. But, it's just too easy to use too much in the kitchen.
Sigh. That is my eco-sin list. I know there are probably more things that I am not thinking of. My point is that everyone has things that they can do better. We just all need to keep trying.


DC Goodwill Fashionista said...

Ooh, I'm bad about the open window/AC on thing, too. But my cats love their out-of-doors-behind-a-screen so much! What to do... -the DCGF

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