Fan yo self: Power down and cool off with these energy-efficient methods

My air-conditioning has been out for a week. Fortunately, the week it nefariously chose to go on strike has been a rather cool one, but I’ve still had to employ some less energy-intensive procedures to keep cool.

The first is the use of fans. Pretty straight-forward stuff. And because using the stove and oven to cook heats the room up, I wait until late evening to cook. I also drink more chilled water throughout the day to regulate my own temperature. If it’s nice out, I open windows in the room to create a cross breeze.

Power downEven though I’ve implemented cooling methods that are efficient and cost-effective, I must admit that I’m looking forward to getting the air conditioner fixed. But knowing what I know now, perhaps I’ll go the natural route more often. What will you power down to save energy?

Have a Bam! moment at lunch this year: You have the power to cut waste at lunch hour

Now that school is in full swing again, it’s time to talk about something that is very close to my heart. In fact, it’s just a little down and towards the center: lunch. (To be fair, breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper dwell there for a time as well).

Each day we take (or buy) our lunches and take them to school (or in my and probably your case, work). With a little planning ahead, you can cut out a lot of waste around lunch.

Bring your lunch in a reusable container and cut down on waste!

While some of us may go for the luxe new Jil Sander bag, most of us will stick to the tried and true plain brown paper lunch sack. And that’s a great place to start. As Chef Emeril says, “Bam!” — if we trade out that bag for a reusable lunch box, we’ve cut out a lot of waste.  If we don’t buy individually wrapped single-serving foods to put in our lunches and use reusable containers, we have another “Bam!” moment.

You have the power to cut waste at lunch hour

So what are you going to do for lunch this year? Will you go with bags or reusables? To learn more about energy conservation and small steps you can take that make a big difference, visit HMNS’ Energy Conservation Club online or visit HMNS Sugar Land’s new energy-minded exhibit, Conservation Quest.