Condo Blues: I Changed 303,736 Light Bulbs. What Did You Do Today?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Changed 303,736 Light Bulbs. What Did You Do Today?

Even though I’ve been living a green life for longer than the three years I’ve been blogging about it, I don’t consider myself a dark green blogger or even an expert most days.

Yes, I was on TV last winter but I think that was more of being a crazy freak who keeps her house too cold during winter than being a held up as Big Green Champion. Saving energy is very important to me and I blog about it a lot , but let’s face it, saving energy is not as sexy or unusual as some other areas of green living that get more press.

So I do my daily green thing and try to do my best with what life hands me. If I can make you laugh or make you think or offer you a new tool for your Greening Living Swiss Army Knife, make your home a little prettier or challenge you to personally change 303,736 incandescent light nulbs for CFLs in fourth months then it’s a good day here on Condo Blues. 

“What?! Are you nuts?!” you say, “Do you think I could actually change all of those light bulbs in a such a short amount of time?!”

I sure do. It's easy!

How I Planted 8,209 Trees in Four Months

For the past four months (September to December), I’ve been pledging and completing a little Act of Green here and there and tracking it on One Million Acts of Green. The little stuff, the cheap stuff and now that it’s a part of our household routine – the easy stuff. Cleaning my reusable furnace filters, running my dishwasher when it’s full, putting my holiday lights on a timer - that kind of stuff. Every once and awhile I’d send someone a Gift of Green ecard too.

While I realize that in and of itself, using a reusable coffee cup every day is no big thing but once I started looking at my totals, collectively my Acts of Green turned into a very big thing!

I completed 111 Acts of Green in the last four months.  

That is equivalent to reducing the same number of green house gases as:

·        Taking 1,739 cars off the road for a year
·        Planting 8,209 trees
·        Replacing 303,736 conventional light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs

Wow. All that work and I didn’t even break a sweat!

I guess maybe I am a dark green blogger after all. You won’t hold that against me, will you?

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Disclosure:  Rockfish Interactive, in partnership with  Cisco are compensating me for my considerable time on this project. However, my ideas, words, and opinions are my own and are not influenced by this compensation. See what the other ambassadors have to say about One Million Acts of Green: Crunchy Domestic Goddess, Green Your D├ęcor and Green and Clean Mom.