National Electric has a new campaign asking everyone to try and cut down their electrical usage by 3%. This seems like a wise challenge for everyone being that we are still in the middle of an economic crisis! Every other commercial advertisement on T.V. is in relation to this new campaign, so I wanted to see what the hype was about. Their goal is to inform people of efficiency and conservation through energy usage. For some of us this task may be easy, for some it’s a slight change of lifestyle and for me it’s nearly impossible, I don’t know what else I could cut down on! I am the kind of person who yells at you if all the lights are on, or if you use the dryer to “get the wrinkles out” of one lonely shirt. Should have taken it out and hung it up to begin with! You would have saved time and money. I am told I skipped acting like my mother and turned into my grandmother a little too quickly. The National Grid website gives people many suggestions to lowering their electricity usage.
I have to say this idiosyncrasy that I have developed over the last few years was really the polar opposite of how I viewed electricity usage and recycling habits in the past. I was still living at home; never saw that white envelope with the blue letters that read National Grid. I wasn’t responsible for the environment or the cost of living because I was still letting mom and dad cover the cost. After moving out a few years ago, having a job that paid zilch and realizing how much everything cost and making it my sole responsibility to take care of myself financially, I learned some really easy and simple ways to save money for a rainy day. I unplugged almost EVERYTHING. The reason I say almost everything opposed to absolutely everything is because, well you can’t. My fridge stays plugged in as well as the oven. I learned very quickly unplugging your cell phone charger isn’t an option, it will go dead and you will miss your alarm going off which will result in being late for the job that pays you zilch. Plugging the phone into the charger does not work the same if you forgot to plug it into the wall.
Even though I think it’s impossible I am taking the challenge. National Grid has an energy evaluation available on their website and as you click the appropriate answers that reflect your style of living it allows you to see how much money and electricity you could be saving by lowering your energy usage. I am personally starting by putting in motion censored lights outside, because this is one light I leave on regularly. I encourage all of you to take the challenge as well. See what impact you can make on the earth and on your wallet. It takes some getting used to but eating dinner by candlelight is more romantic and more cost-effective than keeping that 8 bulb chandelier on!
Posted by Kate Kiselka