Carbon Fast – Day 1

Remove one light bulb from your home and live without its light for the next 40 days.  This will decrease your energy use and act as a reminder of your Lenten Carbon Fast.

If you pick a light in some obscure part of your living space that you never use anyway, that kind-of defeats the purpose here.  What light are you removing and why?

I put tape over the light switch for the overhead light in our kitchen and used the pull chain to turn off the light that is part of the ceiling fan in our bedroom.  Why two lights?  Well, I picked the kitchen light, but my husband wasn’t crazy about the idea, so we added the bedroom light as a back-up.  If having the kitchen light off REALLY isn’t working (i.e., if we’re cutting off fingers in the dark) we can turn it back on and still have the bedroom light out.

I wanted to pick a light whose absence we would notice, and the kitchen light qualifies.  I certainly noticed this morning, but it will actually become less noticeable as the days get longer and the mornings get brighter.

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1 Comment

  1. Chrissy says:

    I’ve never heard of this before. What a neat idea!

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