Three Habits We Can Adopt from our Ancestors to Become Energy Efficient
Our ancestors were not faced with the same problems we are dealing with today but if we lived a little more like they used to live, we could very well end up saving the planet. We’re not saying that you should never switch on a lightbulb again, but we are saying that it could make an impact on our carbon footprint if we were to adopt a few of the habits of our ancestors.
Go to bed early – We have grown too accustomed to a 24/7 kind of lifestyle. The sun used to be the only light-source our ancestors needed. When the sun came up it was time to start work and when the sun set it was about time for them to get ready for bed. Of course they still had chores to do in the evenings but they did not have the luxury of a lightbulb flooding the room with bright light. They used candles and other sources of faint light when they needed to see. And science says that this is the best way for the brain to get ready for sleep.
Read a book or do a dance – Our ancestors did not have home cinemas or computer games, mostly because they had no electricity. Instead they had to devise other ways of entertaining themselves. Our ancestors used to tell stories, dance, read books and play games like mancala or chess for their entertainment. Some people argue that these activities also kept them physically and mentally sharp.
Grow Your Own Food – This may not save electricity in your own home but it does cut back on having all of your food transported from a farm to a store near you. Fossil fuels are running out and people will need to become more self-sustained. The sooner, the better. If you have absolutely no space to grow food then you will be very glad to hear about vertical gardens. (Click here for some ideas for your very own vertical garden.)
The older generations can teach us a lot about life. And very surprisingly, they are able to teach us a lot about energy efficiency as well. Sometimes the older ways are indeed the better ways.