This week’s Do One Thing is about buying and using rechargeable batteries. We all use tons of batteries in our homes; everything from remote controls to smoke detectors to flashlights to clocks use batteries that eventually run out of juice and have to be thrown away. And although batteries are considered “e-waste” and should be discarded as such, most of them end up going out with the trash. And once they are in the landfill, the insides of the batteries leach into the ground, possibly contaminating groundwater. Our solution, at least to extend the length of time the same batteries are used in our house?
We invested in a battery charger and different sized rechargeable batteries, and have not had to either buy new batteries nor throw any away in over 2 years.
We bought a charger that charges all different size batteries from Green Batteries, along with a bunch of AA, AAA, and 9-volt batteries. I keep all of them separated in old glass spaghetti jars, and I have one jar for batteries that need to be recharged. Every once in a while I hook up the charger for a day and just run all the dead batteries through it, and put them back in their respective “ready to go” jars. Not only has this saved us money on buying new batteries every month for all the doo-dads in our house that need them, but it has saved us from having to dispose of any dead batteries as well. It is a win-win, and it’s a very easy thing for anyone to do. So if you have a lot of gadgets that constantly need batteries, you might want to think about going rechargeable!