Few terms have the ability to shut people down faster than “going green”. For many, the idea sounds more like converting to a cult, rejecting all things anthropogenic. For others, going green is semi-synonymous with emptying your wallet. For some, being green is part of a larger vision of our best selves, but even the most dedicated can find themselves drowning in a sea of reusable bags and misinformed do-goodery.
The Energy Saver Eco-Challenge with JouleBug is only on its third day, and I have to say that reducing my energy usage is one of the most difficult things I have ever tried, and by “most difficult” I really mean literally the absolute easiest. Each action you take to save energy is like a mini investment for your future and the future of the environment. Think of it as trading personal energy for the savings of energy in other forms. The reality is that putting in a small effort will quickly add up to some big savings.
Below, you’ll find some of this months most effortless buzz-able actions (which happens to be 11 out of 21 actions, so…). These are all highly do-able adjustments that you can make in your day to day life which have little to no impact on you but add up to major bonuses for your wallet and the planet.
Easy, right? If you start doing each of these things, you will save over 8500 lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere and contributing to a warming climate. According to US Census data, there are more than 115 million households. If each household were to make these minuscule adjustments, we could prevent the annual release of about 443 386 542 metrictons of CO2. To put that into context, the US releases somewhere around 1925 million metrictons of CO2 each year. Change is possible.
It’s not too late to join the Energy Saver Challenge. Download JouleBug for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play, find ‘The Wild Life’ Community, and join
others like you in a movement to create a better world. The winner of this challenge will receive an official stainless steel ‘The Wild Life’ travel mug!
More information on each of these actions and their impacts can be found in the JouleBug app under ‘Energy’.