I know I kind of missed the boat on celebrating Earth Day here but I want to share a few ways to make a change here. First I have seen a few posts recently about making your blog carbon neutral. I finally took the time to check out the site and decided to participate. I don't consider myself a particularly wasteful person in general and we make every effort to recycle and keep our consumer waste as low as possible. But if you think about it we all use power whether batteries on our laptop or electrical power on our desktop to keep our little blogs afloat. The mission of the German group My blog is Carbon Neutral is to plant a tree to neutralize the effects of every participating blog. Here is their mission from the website:
“My blog is carbon neutral” is an initiative, originally started in Germany by the “Make it green” programme, that has the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We plant a tree for your blog and thereby neutralise your blog’s carbon footprint for the next 50 years! Everyone can make a small contribution to the environment. Every tree counts!It's super easy. You just post the button on your sidebar, write a post about the movement, and e-mail them a link. They take care of planting the tree in Plumas National Forest in California. How cool is that.
I also wanted to let you know about another easy way to be a little more green. The Energy Efficient NOW website has a great offer right now to receive two free Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Lightbulbs! "These low-consumption lightbulbs are environmentally friendly, using only 25% of the electricity consumed by incandescent (traditional) lightbulbs. Save the environment and save big money on your electrical bill at the same time (Approximately 30$ per bulb - We're saving you 60$ in addition to the cost of the lightbulbs!)"
Their website is full of information on ways to save energy in your household or business. Mike and I have replaced most of our lightbulbs with CFL but there are a few in the basement that we can now change when we get the free ones in the mail.