Energy Conservation Reflexive diary: Individual essay
Before completing this reflexive diary I would have considered myself fairly energy conscious. I would have still said I’m wasteful but I thought I was more aware than others. I thought I knew more about the environmental consequences of wasting energy than I did. Completing this diary really opened my eyes to the amount we all waste energy unnecessarily. Almost all of us don’t have a clue how much energy we consume. I had never thought about it as anything more than the lights and the heating at home and I’m sure many others are the same. As the week went on I started to realise more and more how much energy I alone was using in a day, then I began to notice how much my friends, family etc. consume and how much could be saved so easily. When thinking about the project I noticed how much the college could reduce its energy consumption simply by making the students and staff more aware and encouraging them to change. However, I also know that even though something like turning off a light when you leave the room is an easy task, it’s very hard to get people to even remember to always try to conserve energy. Convenience is also a big factor. Since finishing the diary I have been thinking that a plan could be made to educate the students and staff of the college on the reasons for energy conservation and showing them how much can be saved from doing so little.
Prior to the diary all I thought about energy conservation was turning off lights, plugging out appliances and so on. I considered myself quite good at saving energy simply because I’d sometimes remember to do these things when I left a room. I would never go out of my way to save energy. As I started to realise as I completed the diary I would only conserve energy as it suited me. I would leave my phone charging all night even though it takes no longer than two hours to charge it fully. I would leave my computer on for hours just so I could keep...
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