Procrastinators Energy Challenge.




Here it is, the Friday before the first One Corps Action Day - and I have procrastinated. But, I'm betting that some of you have too! After all, isn’t it the procrastinators challenge that always does so well on the NPR fundraisers? I think there is a reason for that, but that is another diary.

This campaign for President is just ramping up, there are new staff coming on board for John Edwards every day, but the campaign is not the only thing ramping up this month. The One Corps chapters are ramping up as well. The Chapel Hill One Corps chapter is one of the oldest and now we are on our way to becoming one of the most active. We've participated in book signing events in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding areas. We formed a large part of the volunteer base at the Welcome Home Rally for Senator Edwards after his announcement tour, and we've been seen here and again working in the office when the need presents itself. It's not just the campaign, this One Corps chapter is ramping up to change this country.

The great thing about the Edwards campaign, and One Corps, is that you take responsibility for the future of our planet by taking responsibility for your own actions. You take responsibility for the future of our country, by taking responsibility for your own actions. You take responsibility for the future of this campaign by taking responsibility for your own actions.

And, so, I bring you the Procrastinators Energy Challenge! It is important to note that the Challenge is subdivided into two sets of five. The first five are things that you can do right NOW! From your house, or at your computer! It takes no momentum to accomplish these five tasks. After that, the second five require one trip to the local hardware, and about three hours of work. You can do it!!! So, here we go, starting with the top 5, which you can do RIGHT THIS SECOND!!!

  1. Adjust your thermostat down a couple of degrees

  2. Keep your water heater thermostat no higher than 120 degrees

  3. Only run your dishwasher and washing machine with a full load

  4. Unplug electronics when not in use, including televisions, stereos and computers, which consume electricity even when in "sleep" mode

  5. Enroll in local and green power programs (NC Green Power for Chapel Hillians).

  6. Replace your most frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent and other energy efficient bulbs (grab a sheet of printer paper and go NOW and make a list of how many bulbs you need of different brightness).

  7. Weatherize your home by caulking and weather stripping your doorways and windows (add to your list the number of windows that need caulked or glazed and the number of doors for which you need weather stripping).

  8. Fix leaky faucets and toilets (if they aren't leaking, you're set!!!).

  9. Install a low-flow shower head and take shorter showers (

    Aaargh! I know, I hate low-flow showers).

  10. Use organic cloth napkins instead of paper napkins and organic sponges or rags instead of paper towels. (This might take a special trip. In Chapel Hill you can pick these up at Whole Foods or at Weaver Street market).

So, forget about talking the talk, how do I walk the walk. Feel free to include your own update in the comments.

  1. Done! Although it is a bit of a battle with my wife during the winter, this summer I suffered the North Carolina heat to save energy.

  2. Done! When we moved into the house, mostly because of young kids.

  3. Absolutely, not hard to do in our house of four people with food allergies that require we cook every meal.

  4. We have surge protectors on much of our equipment, starting today I will be turning the switch off when I leave with the kids (which I already do with lights, thermostat, air filters, etc.)

  5. We just went through this website, (Your NC GreenPower / NC Renewable Energy Form has been submitted as follows:) after some miscommunication in which each of us had thought the other had signed us up previously. Very painless to sign up for NC Green Power.

  6. We are replacing them as they burn out. Our only obstacle so far is finding replacement lights for the teenie-tiny light bulbs.

  7. Newish house with triple pane windows and such, but I have been the guy sitting outside pointing, glazing, and caulking windows. I feel for you, but just get 'er done!

  8. I replaced the entire guts of one toilet two months ago because it was leaking - so I think we are fine. No leaks of which to speak.

  9. Much to my chagrin, we did this a couple months ago as well.

  10. We use organic sponges and rags, all paper products are organic. Our cloths are ones we have had since 1999, so at this point it would be counterproductive to throw them away and buy new organic ones. When the holes are larger than the rags, we'll buy organic ones.

So, that is it people, if you want to do more you can look at the list of activities on the One Corps web page. And, remember, you can always buy this electric car.

Comments

Take the challenge.

There is an IEA report that: "a global switch to efficient lighting systems would trim the world's electricity bill by nearly one-tenth."
We can make a difference with small steps, while we wait for the government to catch up with us.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Great diary...I rec'd it

...but it's more about energy than JRE, so I think it belongs on the front page.

While it is wonderful with great tips....you could delete the second one. (hehe) I just did the same thing. Posted a diary twice - only mine went straight to the front page.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Yeah, I just deleted it.

I wrote this in the Firefox thing, trasferred it to blogspot for safe keeping and whiz-bang there were a bunch of problems.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Robert

There are way too many tags in there that Kos and others do not support.

It's a Balmy

57 degrees inside today. I shut our heater off two years ago.

Double dog dare ya'll to try it.

Only One

If he's half as tough as his mom I will be very satisfied.

Be afraid, world. Be very afraid. :)

We used to wake up and crawl out of the mountain of quilts...

then sprint to the one wood burner that heated our whole house. Three feet of snow on the ground and we were heating our big old honking 1890s house with one teensie-weensie wood burner.
It makes me laugh now.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Cloth napkins? Sheeeeeit.

Baby McCord uses cloth diapers. Bring it.

wahoo!

That is brave, brave, brave my friend.
: )

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Baby Muses did too

Bought disposables only for our long car trips from Ohio to NC and for the convenience of church nursery workers, etc.

Eventually, I caved, though.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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There are some great options out there

that weren't available to my parents. See CottonBabies.com for several examples. I'm a big, big fan of the bumGenius diapers. (Although, when we slide an extra pad in there to get Sophia through the night, she looks a lot like a Weeble!)

Rec'd you, Robert P.

Nice diary with doable stuff. Our OneCorps ... we're working it but slowly. The folks in the group are great. It's that dang Captain .... :\

And about the cloth diapers; both my kids wore them. We used a diaper service. Oh, god ... it was great ... and it cost no more per month than buying disposables would have. Of course, this was 15-20 years ago. We had the little wrap thingies with the velcro closures, too. Most summers, that's all my little yard munchkins wore!

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Great diary, and with good doable suggestions.

I actually got out of my chair and turned down the thermostat. ::sigh:: I hate being cold, and I'm terrible about bumping it up a few degrees.

I have a question about organic sponges, that will probably show my ignorance. Are you talking about the kind of sponges that grow in the ocean? If so, how is using them helping the environment? Would it not be better to simply use cloth to clean?

We do use cloth towels (and old t-shirts! they're the best for glass) for cleaning - but I've been concerned about the bleach solution that I was taught to use in order to sanitize them. Bleach can't be good for the environment, either. So - those of you that use cloth instead of paper towels - what do you do to clean your clean-up towels?

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

We don't use "natural sponges"

I don't know how that would effect the environment - I'm sure if everyone started using them it would wipe out the Porifera population pretty quickly.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

whew!

believe it or not, I was sitting here obsessing over that.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Cleaning rags

I use cloth cleaning rags - old towels, old t-shirts, etc. - & I just toss them in the washer with a load of towels. I rarely use bleach, and as far as I know, nobody has caught any deadly diseases because of it.

Leaky faucets are my hot

Leaky faucets are my hot button. I just hate it if my husband is watering the lawn (summer)or working outside and the faucet has water dripping at the connection. I usually 'gently' remind him that it's wasteful. ;-) He's doing better.

One voice...SHOUT it out and let it ring! Edwards 2008

Here's mine, so far

1 - I adjust the thermostats several times a day. One of the nicer things about our house is that we have separate thermostats upstairs and down, so the downstairs is set to ~65 degrees most of the day and overnight, while upstairs is set to 65 most of the day. I nudge it up to 68. (I really can't tolerate cold. I shiver uncontrollably and get massive headaches.) We've got natural gas for heat.

2 - done? Our tank doesn't have a temperature setting on it, just a range of how hot it'll get (hot, hotter, hottest). When I get around to remodeling the bathroom, I'm going to get a tankless water heater installed -- they're even more energy efficient, because they don't use energy to keep 40 gallons of water hot.

3 - Usually. Sometimes we run out of dishes before the d/w is full (very rarely, though.)

4 - Probably won't happen. I've also heard (urban legend?) that repeatedly cold-booting the computer can over time fry your hard disk.

5 - We've got Piedmont Electrical Cooperative, and they have a program, though I haven't seen any fliers recently.

6 - In progress. We have 3 right now, and most of our lights aren't used very often. I'm also a compulsive light-switcher-offer.

7 - Our windows are the worst, and they're double paned! The seals are OK, but there's always a draft around the glass. Someday we'll get ultra efficient windows.

8 - When we redo the bathroom, I'm getting a dual flush toilet (well, 3, if we put one in each bathroom.) We've already got low-flows. Dual flush are great, because you can press the small button for a little (0.8 gpf) or the big one for more (1.6 gpf). They're really popular in Europe.

9 - Have one. It sucks. Why isn't there a manufacturer who can take advantage of Bernoulli's principle?

10 - We use cloth napkins (not organic) and recycled paper towels. Or rags, for things that aren't nasty (we have cats. They have hairballs.) For spills, we use the plethora of towels in the drawer.

That is great.

One of our biggest problems is that our kids like to wash their hands and dry their hands on new towels. We go through a lot of towels. But, we're working on it.

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Wow.

The towel in our downstairs half-bath gets washed, uh, when I remember to. But using cloth towels is still better than paper.

I'm keeping my ear out for the annual compost bin sale from OC Solid Waste, and maybe I'll get a composting garbage disposal.

Fresh towels is a good thing during cold and flu season

I change kitchen towels and bathroom hand towels daily.



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