June 3, 2010

Tip of the day and a note about environmental stewardship

When traveling and staying in a hotel, it can be disorienting to awaken in the middle of the night and try to navigate to the bathroom.  On our recent trip, I realized that packing on of our LED nightlights would have been very helpful.  We wouldn’t be wasting much electricity and could easily make our way to the bathroom.  Since it would be very easy to forget something like this, I recommend putting your car keys by that  outlet to help ensure you bring it home with you. 

On our recent trip, I started asking myself this question, “What do you do when no one is watching?  What do you do when you aren’t paying the bill?”  I could have taken a 30 minute shower, left all of the lights on, run the AC to 60 degrees, without it costing anymore money than the usual hotel fee.  The financial incentive to be eco-friendly is probably a big motivator for most people.  Yet, I believe we all must do our part to help conserve and preserve what we have.  I made an effort during the trip to turn the AC to 75 and auto instead of blasting it.  We turned off the lights when not in use.  We used only one of the trash cans instead of having a little trash in each to avoid the lining having to be thrown away.  I took short showers.  Had we stayed multiple nights, we could have reused towels and instructed the housekeeping dept to not change the sheets.  The stay would not have been any less luxurious or comfortable with these steps.  Because we didn’t get out of the habit of being good stewards, there wasn’t a struggle when we returned home. 

I’m not perfect.  We could have done more—some of you who are reading might note other ways we could have saved both energy and money.  We could have made more of an effort to plan the trip to stay with relatives.  We could have camped.  We could have refrained from using the AC at all.  This balance worked for us under the circumstances though. 

What ways do you try to be an environmental steward when traveling?

1 comment:

  1. I commend you for taking small steps towards better environmental choices. We try to do the same each day, and it often comes down to just thinking about what you're doing and the choices you're making. If everyone took small steps and were simply AWARE how every action has some effect--positive or negative--on others and the planet, we'd all be better off. No one can "save the world" in one big action, but all our little steps can make a huge impact.