Wednesday, April 6, 2011

ENERGY- Not Wasted On Me



Energy is the ability to do work and it comes in  many different forms: heat, light, motion, electrical,chemical, nuclear energy and gravitational. We use energy for everything we do, from runnig, to baking a cake or for something as amazing as sending astronauts into space.

There are two types of energy, stored and working. For example, the food you eat contains chemical energy, and your body stores this energy until you use it when you work or play.When we think or read or write, we are also doing work. Many times it's really hard work! When we use electricity in our home, the electrical power was probably generated by burning coal or wood, by a nuclear reaction, or by a hydroelectric plant at a dam. Therefore, coal, wood, nuclear and hydro are called energy sources.

Minnie has gone green today!


ENERGY

Minnie-ism for today:

"Energy can be bought and sold, used and wasted; I never waste my energy, although I do prefer it in capsule form as often as I can get it, and if not… then liquid form works well too."

 Energy waste and the greenhouse effect is on everyones mind today. The Ozone layer is being destroyed and global temperatures are increasing. Scary, yet odd enough, not so far from "Chicken Littles" thoughts on the sky falling. 

We recycle, use enery efficient lightbulbs,we are conscience about turning off lights and other electrical things, we leave our thermostats turned low, and we don't waste warm water. Yes believe it or not, I did spend some time as a teacher. What are some of the things you do to save energy? Do you even think about it? Don't let energy be wasted on you. It certainly is not wasted on me.

29 comments:

Rayna Natasha Iyer said...

Energy is not wasted on me either- I need energy to pack as much into a day as I can, and to do that, I know I mustn't waste electrical energy either. Weird logic, but works for me too.

Rachel Morgan said...

Well, in my house we always try to turn off lights when we're not in a room. I personally will only turn the oven on when I know I'm about 15 min away from having something ready to put into it - because that's how long it takes to heat up. I won't turn it on as soon as I start baking/cooking if my prep time is going to take, say, 40 minutes. Um... I try to wait till I have lots of clothes to put in the washing machine, rather than doing lots of loads that only have a few clothes in them...

Tony Payne said...

And now I suppose you want me to expend energy commenting on your post :)

Laura Eno said...

I do the same things as you. I'm still waiting for the energy I expend writing to make a difference to my waistline though...hasn't happened yet. :)

Jan Morrison said...

I'm very aware of energy usage in all its forms. As an aging person I know that my own energy depends on me feeding that which feeds it - exercise takes energy but it gives it back too. We have a very energy efficient home that we built. We use a lot of passive energy (solar) and want to always do better. It is tricky but needful - staying awake.
Jan Morrison
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Bish Denham said...

I take rather short showers, turn off lights, sweep instead of vacuum. We also recycle just about everything.

walk2write said...

When I was a kid, my parents drilled into us that we needed to conserve energy. It wasn't for altruistic reasons. They were keen on saving money. And that was when energy costs were low. If I were a kid now, my dad would probably make us resort to using a horse and buggy and kerosene lamps for light.

Hart Johnson said...

It's a great reminder. We have a bit of a battle at my house, as my husband doesn't believe things get clean (clothes/dishes) in the full loads I insist on running (they do). We recycle, but had he not had his long years in Oregon, I think even getting him to do that would be a chore. GRRRRRR. I do my best though.

Jeff said...

I make my living selling energy efficient industrial products :-) I actually will presenting a energy efficient proposal this afternoon ! So let's just say my life depends on it...haha

Craziness abounds said...

Well I for one lay down or read a book Using energy wears my butt out and that's no good for anyone! haha. I do the same things you mentioned above so I didn't know what else to write. Forgive my stupid comment As usual great post!

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

Such a great post--Minnie looks awesome in green ;)

I guess it's a good thing my kids would rather be playing outside and pulling pranks than doing things to waste energy :0) I gues they just use up all my energy LOL!

Bossy Betty said...

Energy! I need some today. Liquid or pill form? That is the question...

ape2016 said...

I found you through kt's blog, Out of my Mind. Loving Minnie's pic- that is my kind of gal.
I do all the usual energy saving things you mentioned, but I also am a HUGE proponent of decreasing our use of personal automobiles. I think the obesity epidemic in America could be treated by more people walking when they can. It is shameful to see one person driving a huge SUV a half mile to pick up fast food.

N. R. Williams said...

I'm always walking around the house, turning off lights, keeping the thermo down since others will turn it up, threaten them with bills. We have all energy efficient appliances and energy saving light bulbs. We drive an E-85 van and only have one car. What we need to do is buy new windows for every window since they leak. All in all, I do my best.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I don't waste it, that's for sure. I'm all too aware of my own personal energy levels and have learned to pace myself.

I like Minnie going green. It shows her awareness of how finite energy sources are and the need to take care in *spending* them.

Other energy: I turn off lights (Grr to the kid), make my trips to get *stuff* and fuel efficient as possible, recycle things I have for other uses too. I might need or want something for the ranch, do I have something I can make work instead of buying?

Naaaah, I couldn't tell you were a teaher

Jeffrey Beesler said...

If I'm not using a light I usually work without it. I try to keep my heater down as low as possible, too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We recycle!

Dafeenah said...

I wonder if that is what they call loadshedding, "going green". Hmm you have given me something to ponder.

Dafeenah

Bob Scotney said...

We have all energy efficient light bulbs but you can't see to read by them unless you have every light in the room on at the same time (6 at the last count). We recycle; we compost; we've extra insulation in the loft. I hope someone's saving - we're not!

Summaiyah Hyder said...

I've been trying to be more "green" myself lately and trying to more conscious of it. Great post!

J.L. Campbell said...

I just saw a 40% increase on my electricity bill which put me in a spin. Now I walk around turning off all the lights and plugging out all the stuff we usually keep plugged in.

Not Your Ordinary Agent said...

First, thanks for the funny comment about the "crunchadee fingers". that made my day. secondly, i try to do my best to conserve. after reading this, i will try even harder. thanks for the inspiration.
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Rachel said...

I don't think about it much, but I guess I'm fairly great at conserving energy, because more often than not, I forget to turn on the lights since I can't see them. LOL. I also have skylights, so artificial light isn't all that necessary.

Elaine AM Smith said...

Interesting post. Energy >:( I've been dedicated to conservation since my electricity bill doubled a couple of years ago.

Lynda R Young said...

Saving energy? Apart from turning off uneeded lights, I also do a lot of sitting around eating chocolate ;)

Emily Rose said...

Energy is like gold these days. Waste not want not, as they say!

allison said...

I try to plug everything in to surge protectors that I can turn off when I'm not using them, and I also try to be green by reusing and recycling as much as I can, but I know there's still a lot I can do to change!

- allison writes

Madeleine said...

Interesting post.I am trying to do my bit. On a personal note, these days I run out of energy quickly because my thryoid is up the creek ;O)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Recycling is good thing to do and to try and not keep lights on when you're not in the room.

Thanks for your comment.

Yvonne.