Wednesday night I had the rare treat of being alone in my house with no child or dog to look after. With no time commitments or work that urgently needed doing, I had an entire evening to do whatever I pleased. It was lovely!
However, it seems I got caught up in the joy of no responsibilities, and completely forgot about my daily blog. Oops. Normally, I would have made it up the following night, but last night I was at a phenomenal concert – the Jim Cuddy Trio played at the Haliburton Forest’s Bone Lake amphitheatre. Needless to say, I was pretty done by the time I got home, so the blog got neglected yet again! I seem to be doing better at keeping up with my pledges, than I am with blogging every day…
Anyway, today’s blog will have three green resolutions to make up for my errant ways. The first two have to do with my car. These came to me as a result of two driving-heavy days (Minden to Toronto and back).
The first is about idling. I don’t idle, and people who do are amongst my top five pet peeves. However, I realized that I do “accidentally” idle every time I turn on my car. I’m sure you do it too… The first thing I do when I get in the car is turn the ignition. It’s habit. Then I put on my seatbelt, fire up my GPS unit, plug in my phone, turn on the radio, hand my kid her sippy cup and a toy, etc.. etc… While it’s good that I do all this before I start actually driving, it means there are a few minutes every time I drive, where I’m idling! And while letting your car warm up in the deep freeze of a Canadian winter might be good practice, it’s certainly not necessary year round. So pledge one is to do all those extra things before I turn on the car, thereby reducing emissions.
The second pledge relates to the air conditioning. I love my A/C in the car. Funny, because I haven’t had central A/C in a house in over ten years, and I’ve used my portable unit for less than 3 weeks in total in the last two years. However, there is something about being sweaty while driving… Yes, I can open the windows, but I don’t love the wind and noise on the highway. So I crank up the A/C a lot when I drive. But I’m going to stop doing that… not entirely, because I draw the line at showing up for work meetings smelling like a sweat sock. That’s a nice visual, eh? So while I’m still going to use it from time to time on the way to work, and likely when I’m on long road trips on the highway with my kid, I promise to stop using at as a default, and to go with windows more often than not.