Day 2: So far, so good.

It may only be day 2, but I’m feeling confident about our efforts. My wife and I are both, let’s say, hyper-competitive. We’re currently in a heated battle, the likes of which haven’t been seen since The Dark Knight took on The Last Son of Krypton, to see who can get the highest score in solitaire. It’s all in good fun.

Fortunately, we’ve been able to translate that competitive spirit to our eco-efforts, and it’s already paying off. As a stay-at-home dad, I’ve been able to better utilize the big light bulb in the sky throughout the day. There are certain habits that I already have such as turning the faucet of, recycling, picking up after my dog, and going to the park. Of course, that’s not to say that I can’t upgrade my utility belt.

The habits I may have some difficulty with are drying my dishes naturally and shutting down my computer when it isn’t in use. My son, like all children, has an incredible knack for getting into everything that he isn’t supposed to. His favorite target happens to be the dishwasher. He comes crawling to the kitchen the moment he hears it open like a cat to a can-opener. What I can do is wait to start the dishwasher before bed, turn off the heated dry setting, and allow them to dry over night. As far as my laptop goes, I use it frequently enough that the idea of turning it off-on-off-on sounds excruciating. I can, however, put it to sleep in between uses to conserve the battery.

How are you fairing in the Eco-Challenge? Do you have any tips/hacks/troubles that you’d like to share?

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