Today, I do not think I have turned on the lights once. Though it is a dark day, I luckily have large windows that I frequently take advantage of. I also have reduced my energy use by turning off the power strip that my phone charger and computer charger are plugged into during the day and shutting down my computer (which is not as bad as I thought it would be, as I used to keep it on and plugged in all day). Since the majority of my work and distractions are on my computer, I have to keep it charging throughout most of the evening. But I feel pretty good about my improvements since that is the only thing that I have plugged in, when I used to have about 4 items plugged in continually. In the evenings, we use LED lighting in the room from a lamp, so we have as little use as we can for the necessary light. So, for now, energy has not been too much of a struggle.
Water has not been a struggle, I took a 5 minute shower yesterday, probably only having the water on for 1-2 minutes of it. Otherwise, I do not use much water in my day-to-day life, only to wash dishes and brush my teeth, but even at that, I do not have the water on for very long. I don’t do laundry very often, but I am sure there are many externalized water consumptions costs to my life that I do not know of.
Today, I actually have not thrown anything away and do not see the need to for the rest of the day, so today is a good day for waste. However, waste is something that I struggle with because so many items that I have and use come in packaging that cant be recycled. I certainly recycle just about everything that I use that can be recycled, yet there are many things that I cannot avoid. It is hard to make the efforts to only buy things in bulk packaging, less packaging or none at all. I try to re-use things as much as possible, though. The trash did not help me too much because I am already quite conscious about what can be recycled, thrown away, or composted. I just need to try to find items that do not use individual packaging and I would have a lot less trash.