Sunday, August 3, 2008

Day 104 of our Green Year: Turning off lights

For those of you who read this blog on a regular basis, you may be thinking 'But Craig, you guys already did something like this!', and that is true. However, this blog is not about turning off lights of our own home, but lights wherever we go. Lights are on all the time it seems, even in daylight. Even here visiting family, we are turning off lights that are left on by a lovely old grandmother and we are trying to do the same elsewhere.

When we use a public washroom and if no one else is in it (works great for individual washrooms), we turn out the lights. If we are somewhere where a light does not need to be on, we will turn it off. Just doing this little bit can help the environment because every little bit counts.

Turning off lights is really one of the easiest things you can do, as the brilliant marketing campaign of FLICK OFF has shown us (if you don't see why it is brilliant, keep looking at the capitalized words). We can turn off our own lights of course, but it can be just as good to turn the lights off elsewhere. If you are the last one out of a building, turn the light off. If you are the last to use a public washroom, turn out the light. Even at the home of family and friends, turn out their lights if they have forgotten to, or chosen not to.

It is true, going green can be as easy as flicking a switch!