Thursday, January 28, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
- Properly inflated tires can save $0.05 per gallon on gas
- 5% under inflation increases fuel consumption by 1%, and it releases 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide
- Maintaining proper tire pressure generates less scrap tires
- Tire pressure is the single greatest cause of tire damage and failure
- A well-tended tire can last 40,000-80,000 miles
In layman's terms, when tires are not inflated properly, they are less round and require more energy to start moving and maintain speed. This results in more pollution and gas consumption. For more information on checking the pressure in your tires, go to http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoAirPressure.do.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I finally saw Avatar yesterday afternoon. If you have not seen this movie, go see it today! It is absolutely one of the best movies I have ever seen. The special effects (I highly recommend seeing it in 3D) were visually stunning, and I left the movie wanting to get on the next flight to Pandora. I am in awe of the brilliantly creative minds that dreamed up the world of Avatar. While I still have some questions about the basic concept of an avatar, I walked away with a deep respect of the simple and yet powerful messages I feel James Cameron conveyed.
The two main messages I saw in the movie were this. 1) We are slowly but surely destroying each other through war, hate, and other means of destruction. 2) We are also destroying the beautiful planet we are so blessed to inhabit. Note that I said "we" not you-I am in no way disqualifying myself from being a part of the problem. While the Na'vi people (the indigenous people of Pandora) are certainly not perfect, they seem to highly value their community, their beautiful planet, and all of the creatures that live on Pandora. Yes, they resort to violence at times, but what group of people hasn't done so when foreigners invade its' lands? What messages did you see in the movie?
If you've read my blog before, you are hopefully starting to recognize an ongoing theme that resonates in many of my posts. We need to love each other and build each other up instead of tearing each other down. Let's try harder to take care of this amazing planet that God has blessed us with. I know we can't take it with us when we leave, but we are here to protect Earth for generations to come. We only have one shot of life on Earth, so let's unite together in an effort to love harder, give more, and use less. To borrow the lovely words of the Na'vi, "I see you." And I hope that you see me.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
You can find a pack of 6 wash cloths for around $2.00-$5.00, and they will last for years. All you have to do is rinse them out when you are finished and wash them with your towels in warm or hot water. It's easy, better for the environment, and extremely inexpensive. Grab a wash cloth today and start scrubbing!
*If you've been to my house before, you know I still use paper towels. I just don't use them very often, and I buy paper towels made from recycled paper.