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October 6 - October 27, 2021
Brenda Goertzen's avatar

Brenda Goertzen

Oregon Dept. of Corrections

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 226 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    18
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    7
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    6
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Brenda's Actions

Waste

Go Paperless

Do at Home

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 3.4lbs (1.5kg) a month or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

Do at Home

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Do at Home

I will keep 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Power Saving Settings

Do at Home

I will learn about and update the power saving settings on my computer to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emission

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

Do at Home

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

Do at Home

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Invite a Friend to Calculate the Carbon Footprint of their Household

Do at Home

Individual actions are important, but people and organizations working together can make a real impact. I will share a carbon calculator with a friend and invite them to calculate the carbon footprint of their household.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

Do at Home

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Saving Settings
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Brenda Goertzen's avatar
    Brenda Goertzen 10/13/2021 6:49 AM
    So here at SRCI our IT department has the computers automatically set up to go into sleep mode to save on power.

  • Brenda Goertzen's avatar
    Brenda Goertzen 10/08/2021 9:51 AM
    I actually did this months ago.  I checked in with my power Provider and they offered a free kit of energy saving bulbs to replace the ones I had.  Check with your power company and see if they have the same program.

  • Brenda Goertzen's avatar
    Brenda Goertzen 10/08/2021 9:49 AM
    I learned a long time ago that turning down the temperature just a couple of degrees on my water heater makes a huge difference in my power bill.  There are usually two thermostats on the side of the water heater that you need to adjust.

    • Kathleen Fitts's avatar
      Kathleen Fitts 10/12/2021 12:05 PM
      Great suggestion. I will do that when I get home. My daughter takes very hot showers.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Adjust the Thermostat
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Brenda Goertzen's avatar
    Brenda Goertzen 10/08/2021 9:47 AM
    One of things I found long ago was that adjusting your temperature to higher in the summer and lower in the winter is that you become aclaimated in a short time and don't really notice the difference.