I have been trying to watch Green TV as much as I can lately. We got the channel in our area a few weeks ago and I am hooked on one show… Wasted. It has a great premise they go to an average American family and analyse everything they do. I mean everything, they go through their garbage on camera, see how long you shower, follow you around and see what you leave on. They then calculate the family’s ecological footprint. They coach them to tell them what they need to do to make changes and give them 3-4 weeks to live more green. They calcuate how much money they have saved in those weeks and calculate it out to a year and give the family that amount of money. Great motivation right!!!
The first few families I have seen are pretty wealthy. The first family I saw lived in an 3,000 square foot home and had 4 cars and motorcycle. They were wasting alot but they also had some means to make easy changes and certainly did not need to win the money. They also had to do some really easy things… one of the sons left the fridge door open the entire time he was cooking. Another member of the household kept every thing in their room on and plugged in. Overall, a few changes most of us already make show big changes on the show.
The show is entertaining and there are great tips and facts through out the show (the host is a little annoying though). You learn about recycling, energy use, and water consumption. I hope that there is more variety of families featured on the show. It would be great to see some already green families go the next step to do better.