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October 11 - October 25, 2017

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  • Christopher Toles's avatar
    Christopher Toles 10/25/2017 9:13 AM
    This has been a great way to give me focus.  I am now more conscious of when I leave a light on in a room none of us are in and I've bought a surge-protector with a switch for my laptop charger so I wouldn't have to remember to unplug it (to avoid "vampire power draw" for the unused charger).  I am also in the process of changing over old CFL's for even more energy efficient LED bulbs.

  • Lisa Riggs's avatar
    Lisa Riggs 10/25/2017 8:00 AM
    This has been making me think about my water usage.  Instead of running the water when I wash the dishes, I shut it off, and only run it when it is needed.  I find this challenge is helping me see the amount of water I am wasting in other areas too.

  • Kelly Drebin's avatar
    Kelly Drebin 10/25/2017 5:24 AM
    A good habit can become contagious, like a disease, only in a good way.  Yeah, a good habit disease is what this place needs...

  • Kelly Drebin's avatar
    Kelly Drebin 10/24/2017 6:04 AM
    Ya gotta start sometime, might as well start now...

    • Reed Lacy's avatar
      Reed Lacy 10/24/2017 11:36 AM
      I appreciate your comments, Kelly.  And you are right on: no time like today to start (and to build on) good habits!

  • Susie Semenek's avatar
    Susie Semenek 10/23/2017 4:22 PM
    My story: I was doing ok with this eco-challenge and then on Friday the e:mails started asking for donations. They did so again today. That definitely is turning me off to this.

    • Reed Lacy's avatar
      Reed Lacy 10/24/2017 11:32 AM
      I'm with you, Susie, and don't think NWEI should be doing this.  I didn't see this in previous challenges.  I've contacted them already about this...

  • Christopher Toles's avatar
    Christopher Toles 10/23/2017 1:27 PM
    When we first moved to Corvallis a  year ago we installed a 5.1kW solar photovoltaic system.  We have a small electric car (Smart fortwo) and after starting the challenge here I have attempted to charge my car more at home (relying on solar excess kWh than using the charging station at work).  This should keep it carbon neutral.

    • Reed Lacy's avatar
      Reed Lacy 10/24/2017 11:34 AM
      I'm very impressed, Chris, with what you've set up for your family.  Kudos to you!

  • Kelly Drebin's avatar
    Kelly Drebin 10/23/2017 5:15 AM
    We should do this more often, saving the planet, that is.

  • Kelly Drebin's avatar
    Kelly Drebin 10/20/2017 5:58 AM
    Doing this challenge is fun, changing my behavior could become habit forming...

  • Kelly Drebin's avatar
    Kelly Drebin 10/19/2017 5:46 AM
    Doing the right thing (helping the environment) helps me feel happy, a happy body is an efficient body, it's a vicious cycle...

  • Lisa Riggs's avatar
    Lisa Riggs 10/18/2017 8:33 AM
    It can be a challenge to take 5 minute showers, especially when it is cold outside and the heat of the water is so refreshing.  I have a new strategy though which is making it work.