Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Counting Consumables

It never ceases to amaze me how precious and fleeting our consumable resources are. I, for one, have this fact reinforced to me daily by my current lifestyle. 

I see how much water I use each time I pump water out of my water jug. It hits home what it costs me to heat my home each time I switch propane tanks or lug the empty one across the parking lot to get it filled again. Then of course I know the cost of electricity each time I fill up Jenny’s gas tank or run Jenny. 

If more people lived like I do, we as a society would be more mindful of what resources we are using and would likewise use them more sparingly. Don’t get me wrong, I like being plugged in and having unrestricted electricity and water, just as much as the next person. I like my hot showers, watching TV and having my electric heater going 24/7, just like anyone else would. For me, such self-indulgent times are a treat, as well as few and far between. 

I don’t mean to preach, nor am I turning into a hippie . . . at least I don’t think so. It just hit me yesterday as I was staring at my near empty jug of water and wondered just how I could have gone through five gallons in as many days.  Oh well, back to the store I go to buy at least one more jug of water before camping this weekend. 

So next time you turn on that tap, be thankful that your water is always there, ready to flow. When you flick on that light switch, be thankful that you are not worrying about how much it is draining your batteries. Last but not least, be thankful that you wake up to a warm house, having run the furnace all night long. 

As you do go through your day, however, give a thought to the consumables that you are using and perhaps try to use them more sparingly.  

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