After years of wastefulness, I’m trying to become more energy conscious — one small step at a time. At the wonderful “Virtual March to Stop Global Warming” (join the march if you haven’t already!) they have some great ideas for individuals to become more energy efficient.

Some of my favorite suggestions were to:

-Unplug your cell phone charger and other electronics from the wall when you are not using them. Even when turned “off,” your hairdryers, cell phone chargers, and cameras use energy.

-Replace 2 frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. The new bulbs will last longer and use less energy which means less pollution from power plants. Your household would save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. If every household in the United States did it, we would save a trillion pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere! You can buy the bulbs at the supermarket, and trust us, they’re not expensive and they shine brightly.

-Bring your own cloth bags to the market.

-Repair leaks in your plumbing. This can save 20 gallons per day in most cases.

It’s good to know that when my superintendent finally fixes that annoying shower drip, it will be helping the environment as well as soothing my nerves. 🙂 Read the full list at this link. It’s incredible what a difference a few small, easy choices can make to the planet.