22 April 2008

Peace, Tree Hug, and Recycle

It was Earth Day yesterday and in light of that I'm posting something environmental. Aren't you proud of me?

Short of using tree bark instead of T.P., I do get satisfaction from my properly washed, squashed, and sorted recyclables. I also make the kids aware of their energy usage. They have an uncanny ability to leave on every light in the house, whether in use or not.

This graph is a perfect illustration of electric usage in my house. I'm pretty sure you can see my gloriously lit house from the Hubble Space Station.


I do care about being a good steward of what resources we have. Although, has anyone stopped to think that global warming is simply the natural evolution of our planet?

To avoid hate mail I must post this link by the amazing Blue Man Group. They make global warming far more interesting, don't you think?

~Bee is crunching granola as we speak


... Paige said...

Electric tweezers-lol
What are you a unibrow?

Anonymous said...

I kind of lean towards the global warming as the natural evolution of our planet. Not to say I don't think we need to be careful with our resources and all that...but I don't think that all of global warming is man made either.


Gen said...

Electric tweezers? WTF? lol

Bee said...

No, that's just for my chin bangs.

SO true.

groovy mom,
I'm thinking of going with a beard wax to be greener.

Whistle Britches said...

I heard a report on Fox, that Nasa put these humongus Temperature Gages in the ocean in various places and it only shows a 2 degree increase. SOME scientists (the ones never reported on by the media believe that the melting is due to activity beneath the sea, as in volcanic etc.) I'm going to check NASA's site to see if that's true.

Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

I wish I had electric tweezers sometimes. I honestly do have a unibrow...sooo yeurghy.

Maybe I should grow it out.

And braid it.

holly said...

i LOVE the pie. and please can i stand next to you when you say things like "the natural evolution of our planet"? please. i heart you! i pink puffy heart you!

right. i gotta go plug in my sleep-inducer. i'm sure it turns itself off...

Anonymous said...


I need to ask you a favor. I met this girl today that has long hair and I told her she should have short hair. Can you please tell me the name of that site where you can put a face and try different hairstyles? I think you had a post about this. Thanks.

Anonymous said...


Thank you. If you ever need to know anything about men don't hesitate to ask.

Whistle Britches said...

I'll be discussing Global Warming, Oprah's Cult and My Echocardiagram on tomorrow nights Larry King.
Stay tuned!

No results yet.
Thanks for asking though!

The Lazy Iguana said...

I have to call BS on this. 14% of your energy use is stuff that is off but still plugged in?!?!?!?!?!?!

Come on. Im calling it.

Anonymous said...

do you have film star lights around your mirror????

(mine would account for 75% of our power usage)

R said...

I hate earth day.

That Janie Girl said...

Electric tweezers - heh.


I'd hate to see my consumption pie chart.

Bee said...

Oooh, now you have to do one.

Come on, who doesn't want to blow something, anything out of proportion?

And you can keep your tan, too.

I knew you would catch that one thrown in the mix. All the others seemed so believable, right?

The DOE had an article on phantom energy loss and figured 75% of electronic power usage is burned up this way. Total household phantom energy loss can add up to about 5% of your total bill. For me, that's about 60 to 100 a year. YIKES.

The Lazy Iguana said...

How can this phantom energy loss make up 75% of power usage yet only 5% of your bill?

I am a bad person for leaving my laptop on "standby" mode!!

Blank said...

OT: cool header!

Anonymous said...

I try to be green with my day.

My kids, not so much.

Kinda erases my efforts but I hope to one day beat into them that the earth is not a renewable resource.

There is only one and we must try to keep it for as long as possible.

Bee said...

75% of your electronic usage. Not all usage (e.g., kitchen appliances, your heater). treehugger.com has great links to solar laptop chargers, and I'd buy one if it didn't rain here 9 mos out of the year. Oh, and if I had a laptop. :)


I know you at least recycle your bottles. :) I have to wait until dark to take out my recycling. My neighbor would have a hayday with gossiping about how many wine bottles I take out. Pbbbbblit on her. ;oP~

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

I never understood how energy conservation and pollution ever became a debatable or political issue. The earth has a limited supply of natural resources (which are all harmful to consume in one way or another) and until we figure out a way to harness clean and "unlimited" power sources such as solar, wind, wave or thermal, we need to conserve and reduce. It's really that simple.

Doozie said...

Earth day caused dirty hippies to come to Walters school. He is now terrified that the minds of the youth were infiltrated with this nonsense. I'm not sure where Walter got these notions. I started talking about conservation and he became ill at ease, sensing I may be a dirty hippy hiding behind a clean exterior

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