Volunteers are a source of clean and renewable energy, why we do not take advantage of them?
This was the idea that inspired me to start my first expedition into the world of domestic ecology. Since one of my concerns has always been the care and respect for the environment, I thought it would be a good idea to start broadcasting this concern to my roommates.
I started by looking at web pages and take a look at the book 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth (Ed. Plaza & Janes) to see if I could find some tips, small ecological gestures that were significant, to start introducing the topic at EVS home.
Although when I read a lot of ideas excited me but I thought that to begin it would be best to restrict the search to one area and one room: the kitchen, the room that revolves around the lives of the volunteers and the place of meeting and hosting guests. Also it is one of the rooms of the house that consumes more energy and more green measures which should be taken into account. I found some interesting facts like:
Did you know that the machine consumes 14% of the energy of a home? And that if you wash your clothes in cold water saves energy by 90%? Did you know that a running tap wastes between 5 and 10 litres of water per minute? And that if you close when you’re washing dishes it can save up to 80 litres of water in a day?
And I also found some very good tips and easy to implement:
Light the fire only when cauldrons are ready, do not put hot food in the fridge…
I selected the most interesting, I drew some little signs shaped clouds and a bright sun that inspire good time (we are all a little bored of the rain in Palermo) and placed on the wall of the sink, thinking that if in our house we are 6, if at least 4 of us read that and do the things I recommended, the house would be 67% more environmentally friendly.
I can tell you that it has worked very well. Everyone is very happy to contribute with such simple gestures like these and now they feel more fulfilled and better people. Right now I continue colonizing more rooms of the house on behalf of Mother Earth, and I recommend that if you have a little bit of free time and you want to do something good with a very little effort, try to do something similar