In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Saving energy. It's so much more than reducing your electric bill or driving a fuel-efficient car. It is, first and foremost, about being good stewards of this world God so lovingly created. It is remembering that the earth belongs to Him, not to us.
We were placed in this Garden of Eden to "till it and keep it" (Genesis 2:15), not exploit and exhaust its resources. What kind and how much energy we consume today will affect the quality of life for generations to come.
So, how can we become better stewards of God's green earth?
For starters, let's ask my husband, Danny. Why? He's the Energy Star representative for the southeastern United States. If anyone knows about reducing energy cost and output, he most assuredly does!
These are the energy-efficient and green-choice changes Danny has made in and around our home over the years. He recommends you do the same.
- Seal your duct work with Mastic.
- Insulate your attic and/or crawl space.
- Foam under sinks to seal leaks around pipes.
- Install occupancy sensors on light switches.
- Buy Energy Star appliances and electronics.
- Use compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs.
- Check furnaces and air-conditioning units annually.
- Recycle metals, plastic, and paper products.
- Start a compost pile for all raw food waste (if, of course, you have a backyard).
- Dry clothes outdoors on a clothesline.
Okay! Okay! I can hear some of you now . . .
Say what? Hang clothes outside? Not use my dryer? Martha, you are out of your mind!
How do I know what you are thinking?
Whenever Danny presents to groups who are interested in saving energy, this is the one tip which meets with the most resistance. He explains that dryers are motorized heaters, gorging on energy, wasting their hard-earned dollars.
His audience remains reluctant.
Pop! Up comes a slide showing me, in coat, hat, and gloves, hanging out clothes in the dead of winter.
Gasps of disbelief rend the air! Some shake their heads sadly, muttering to each themselves. Others wonder if this constitutes wife abuse.
I don't think they believe Danny when he tells them I'm the one who requested a clothesline.
But, it's the truth!
And, though it requires a bit more effort on my part, the thought of conserving electricity energizes me for the task. I wouldn't trade my fresh, outdoor-fragrant clothes, sheets, and towels for the world!
What changes can you make today to start saving energy in your home?
Will you pray with me?
What an indescribably glorious world You have given us to live on, Father! Help us to be good steward of its bounties and blessings. May we till and keep it in ways that are pleasing in Your sight. Amen.
I am thankful for my energy-efficient home.
Psalms 97, 99, (100) or 94, (95)
1 Maccabees 3:25-41