Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Change # 14 - Rechargeable batteries

About two years ago we did something really dumb. We bought a wireless mouse and keyboard for our computer. I didn’t realize at the time that it would mean having to use batteries for each of these devices. First of all, who needs a wireless mouse and keyboard anyway? It’s not like you can use them while you’re walking around the house. You still need to be sitting at your computer which makes the whole wireless thing seem pretty darn pointless. Secondly, the batteries are always dying, at the most inconvenient times too, like when I need to make an RRSP contribution before the tax deadline or respond to an important email from Oprah.

We do own a battery charger, but we only own two AA rechargeable batteries. This week’s change is that we’re going to buy more rechargeable batteries. This means we won’t have to buy any disposable batteries which is 1) better for the environment because it means fewer batteries being disposed of long term 2) it will save us money 3) we will make sure to bring the used disposable batteries we do have lying around the house to someplace like IKEA who promise to dispose of them in a safe way instead of putting them in our garbage 4) we will also start to really limit the number of products we buy that need batteries... it’s amazing how many battery operated things sneak into your life once you have a baby.

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