This week in class we committed ourselves to an action of our choosing that will lessen our impact on the environment. I was stuck between two ideas: buying local or reducing my energy consumption. After a while, I decided that since I kind of already do buy locally from my hometown business’ and farms and get things from my personal garden that I should focus on something I haven’t tried before. So I committed to reducing my energy consumption.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a power hog. My phone and laptop are always plugged in. In the winter I crank my thermostat because I’m always cold and in the summer I crank the AC if I have it available to me because I hate being sweaty. I also wash my clothes on boiling hot water because I like the idea of them being cleaned better. I also really enjoy my forty-five minute long showers. After moving out on my own and I got my first power bill I realized that something had to change. I’ve shortened my showers, turned my furnace way down, turned the AC off completely and started washing my clothes in cold water. But I still feel like I can do more. So together, my group and I came up with some ideas that we can do.
I feel like my project accurately represents my commitment. The lightbulb inside the mason jar represents energy and since it is a fluorescent bulb it also represents the saving of energy since they are environmentally friendly. Underneath the lightbulb is a forest scene consisting of two trees, a family of deer, a hedgehog, a bunny, and a tree stump. To me, this represents the small benefits I will be making by completing this energy saving experience and the tree stump represents the negative effects I have already had on the environment. I realize that one person will not be able to save the entire world but I can make a small difference, and anything helps. The world needs all the help it can get. This little ecosystem in a jar is my motivation and reminder that I am doing something, so when I get discouraged I can look at it and remember that I am helping by reducing my energy consumption.