Friday, January 16, 2009

I'm Not Running a Light House

It took a while for us to get into the habit of turning off the lights when we leave a room. Now that we automatically do it, I honestly cannot say the act of turning out the lights alone has made a huge difference in our electric bill. I think it's more the frame of mind that really helped lower our costs. Wastefulness does not have to do with huge amounts of electricity, food, or anything, for that matter. The most waste is thrown out in one form or another in small doses. We all justify throwing out a couple of bites of food or leaving the light on for five minutes after leaving the room because it's "not that bad". The fact is, these justifications are what has caused America to be what it was before the recession took hold. I think these small acts of wastefulness and the idea that "it's not that bad" had a part to play, even if a small part, in the current recession. As I said, it's not the act of doing it that's so bad, it's the frame of mind.

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