This morning I had a hard talk with my roommates. I’ve noticed over the past weeks that the lights are often left on when no one is home, and that the heat is turned up really high even if it’s not cold outside. I told them that I think we should try to change our habits to reduce our collective energy use, by turning off all lights when we aren’t using them, and grabbing a jacket instead of turning the heat all the way up. I hoped that they would understand why I was concerned about this, and that they would share my desire to have a more eco-friendly home. I was also hoping that we could come up with some strategies together that would help all of us remember to turn off the lights. They were very receptive to my idea. While they did note that it’s harder to remember when you’re running late, we decided we could try to put signs around the house to remind us to check the lights before we leave, even if we’re running late. We also decided we could put our heat on a schedule, so no one needs to turn it up really high. Overall I love my roommates and I’m glad they were open to hearing my values.