What are we talking about today?

Some days have themes. I don't necessarily post something in each of these topic areas every week.

Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

29 July 2011

(Re) Charge!

This post is probably a bit unnecessary, since I think we were the last people in America to finally start using rechargeable batteries a few years ago. But, in case we weren't, today's green tip is one of those that is environmentally sound and will save you some cash: Use rechargeable batteries.

Yep, they cost a bit more at the beginning, but they will last a looooong time (at least in my experience). We bought our first set not long after we got our digital camera, so around five years ago. They were our camera batteries until they wouldn't charge enough for picture-taking any longer, which is when I downgraded them to my bicycle light. They lasted for about three years of being charged once a week, until they finally gave up the ghost last month. And I have a couple of them still in low-drain items like clocks.

And now that I'm thinking about it, I realise that I just tossed them in the rubbish without giving it a second thought. Please don't do that; go to this site, put in your location, and get a list of drop-off spots for all kinds of batteries.

We've had to buy a second set, of course, but that's all we've bought in five years. They are saving us money, keeping dead batteries out of landfills or recycling centers, and keeping new batteries from having to be made (and the metals and chemicals thus required are doing whatever it is metal and chemicals do when they aren't in use). Does it make much of a difference if it's just us doing it? Not really. The good news is that it's not just us doing it. Which is the sort of enviro-thinking that keeps me going when I see litter on the side of the road.

Do you use rechargeable batteries? Have you found some long-lasting ones? Have you ever recycled your batteries?


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Cool, thanks!