Until about a year ago, I paid little attention to my impact on the environment. But since I started working with Tesla Motors, I’ve been increasingly conscious of it. I’m not yet to the point of making major changes to my lifestyle, though I admire the many Tesla customers who have, such as Dr. Rob Wilder.
But I’ve decided to consciously make a few changes. Luckily for me, my commuting needs are minimal. I drive only about 6,000 miles per year so I feel pretty good about my low gasoline consumption even though I drive a run-of-the-mill Infiniti G35. (I’m a one-car household, so the two-seat Tesla Roadster sports car doesn’t work for me. When Tesla’s more general-purpose cars come on the market I’m definitely a prospect.) Here are the three conserving habits I’ve decided to adopt:
- Start drinking tap water instead of bottled water. Now I rely on a couple of refillable Nalgene bottles in the frig instead of adding to the empty plastic bottle epidemic.
- Adopt reusable grocery bags. I was shocked when I started paying attention to how many disposable bags I’d bring home each week. All I have to do is remember to take the reusable bags into the store with me.
- Use both sides of printer paper when printing drafts. My printer doesn’t support two-sided printing, so I’m just making a pile of printout rejects and feeding them through on the blank side. Interestingly, this has been the hardest. For some reason I can’t put my finger on, it bugs me. But I’m sticking with it.
These are modest initiatives – intentionally so to increase the chances I’ll be able to follow through. And I know I need to do more. Once I master these, I’ll think about the next thing. Most likely, I’ll try to buck my addiction to hard-copy newspapers and go strictly electronic, though I almost get the shakes just thinking about surviving without the Sunday New York Times.