NWEI Eco Challenge: Eve

The Eco Challenge is an event held by Northwest Earth Institute to help facilitate little everyday changes that can really add up. I’ve decided to do it for the next two weeks because I feel like I’ve come to something of a plateau in my green life changes. …Well, more than plateau, I’ve just become lazy and need a kickstart to help me get back into thinking sustainably.

My challenge for this year will focus on my morning and evening behavioral patterns and how I can change them just a little bit to save a lot of electricity:

I’m… not a morning person. I’ve never been a morning person. I’m so not a morning person that getting up before 8 am usually means that I have nausea. It’s so bad that people ask me if I’m pregnant. Every doctor I’ve seen about it has shrugged it off, but I’m now starting to think it might be blood sugar-related as I do have a tendency to become hypoglycemic. For the last few years, I’ve been indulging myself by sleeping in and staying up late to get things done, but that means that I miss out on the morning sun and use electricity to light up my night. I’m pretty much on the internet for most of that time, too, so being able to turn off the lights and the computer will save at least a modest amount of electricity.

It sounds horrendously simple and not as eco-friendly as installing solar panels or starting to use my local university’s bus system (which is another can of worms), but I’m going to get more sunlight into my life by getting up earlier and going to bed earlier. Stupid simple, but I know that it’s not going to be easy for me. Here in the Palouse, the sun has been rising around 7 am – which I still consider early, but is a moderate goal at the moment. If you’re interested in the Eco Challenge 2014, there’s still a little time to check it out!

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