Happy New Year ... and welcome back to Reduce Footprints and Change The World Wednesday! It's nice to see you again!
If this is your first visit to our weekly challenges, you can learn all about them HERE.
Our last challenge, our first ever month-long contest, was all about reducing our energy use. How did you do? Personally, I thought it was a tough challenge! We did employ some new energy saving strategies ... we started using tabletop appliances in lieu of the stove and oven, we twisted off a few more light bulbs, and we used our water heater every other day instead of every day. Unfortunately, the weather got seriously cold in our neighborhood so we found it necessary to turn on the furnace. Typically we don't use heat at all in our home. Instead, we put on more clothing and cuddle up in blankets when we're reading or watching television. But this year it just got too chilly. Since heating is one of the larger energy drains in a home, our consumption actually went up.
I'm not sure how we could have done better but ... you can bet that I will be looking for new ways to cut back. Hopefully, by next year ... when we may, perhaps, tackle this challenge (or some version of it) again ... I'll have some new strategies to reduce our use.
So ... are you ready for this week's challenge? Here it is:
If you participated in our month-long challenge to reduce energy use, and were successful ... Congratulations! We'd like to hear about it so please write a post about the changes you made.
If you participated but weren't as successful with the outcome as you had hoped, write about that ... tell us what lessons you learned and how you might tackle the same challenge in the future.
AND FINALLY ...
If you didn't participate in our last challenge, please go through your home and identify areas where changes could be made and write a post about that.
Remember ... post a comment saying you'll participate in this challenge and you'll become a member of our "Honor Society" (I'll start posting the list of honorees again next week). Write a post, leave us a link to it, and I'll Stumble and Tweet it.
So what do you think? Are you up for this challenge? I know that you are!!
On a side note ... our Winter Shopping Extravaganza directory is still open so stop by and check out all the wonderful artisans and their products. The directory will stay up until the first day of spring and can be found by clicking the link in the upper left hand corner of this blog.
That's it for this week! You know the chorus ...
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!