AT on ... Going Green By Default

AT on ... Going Green By Default

Amber Byfield
Aug 6, 2009

Most of our green acts are done consciously: we recycle, we watch our power usage, we eat locally and organically... But all of a sudden, we're in a situation that's left us with no other choice but to make things even greener. We're in a bind that happens to save energy--and we're kind of enjoying this new, albeit likely temporary, lifestyle...

That void in the photo is where a 200-pound CRT television (I don't believe I'm exaggerating) sat until just last week, when it began broadcasting concentric, psychedelic rings of color. So we packed up the broken, power-hungry TV and recycled it at Best Buy. There's no rush to get a new one, at least until football season starts, and we know that we'll choose a low-energy model when the time comes. In the meantime, we're saving energy by whiling away the evenings cooking together, jogging, watching movies on the computer, and reading all those books we promised we'd someday get to.

At the same time, our two-car household has turned into a one-car home; the BF's truck is in the shop for an indeterminate amount of time, and we're having fun making things work with just one vehicle--even in a city that's not particularly known for its public transportation.

And to be honest, it's not all that bad. So while these two events have changed our routine, we're both pretty confident that we could go on this way and make more of these default green moves.

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