Save the Planet-One Battery At A Time

How much money do you spend on batteries a year? Think about it…car batteries, batteries for remotes, hearing aids, power tools, toys, boats, flashlights, the list goes on and on.  For example, my family of 5 goes through a lot of AA batteries.  We would buy them at Sam’s Club in a pack of 48 for jsut under $20, that’s about .42 per battery.  We go through those easily within a month, (5 Wii remotes, 2 TV remotes, various toys, and electronics)  That’s $240 per year just on AAs!!!  Plus, in many areas, once they’ve died you have to pay by the pound to recycle them.  An average AA battery weighs 7/8 of an ounce.  In my town it costs .56/lb to recycle them, so about 16 batteries can be recycled for .56.  That package of 48 now costs me another 1.68, bringing the actual cost of each battery to 45.5 cents each.  Think about that every time you replace one!    A lot of people choose to skip the recycling and toss them into the garbage which is costly in its own way to everyone and the planet.   According to the Environmental Protection Agency approximately 180,000 TONS of batteries are thrown into landfills each year!!  It takes about 100 years for those batteries to completely break down.  What an environmental nightmare!  Once those batteries are in a landfill their casings degrade or are damaged and toxins like mercury and lead are released into our soil.  Although battery manufacturer’s have made strides in rectifying this, just the fact that all those batteries are taking up landfill space unnecessarily is bad enough!

WHAT CAN I DO WITH DEAD BATTERIES?

Most people are unaware that there is a way to recondition every one of those batteries to be as good as new.  And it’s simple!  Just imagine how convenient it would be to be able to easily recondition any battery in your home.  No running to the store for AAA when the remote dies, or shelling out $100 or more for a new car battery. 

The reason batteries die is because the lead and sulfuric acid in the battery combine creating lead sulfate crystals which coat the plates that are supposed to conduct the electricity.  By reconditioning batteries you are causing a process that breaks up the crystals and returns them to their original lead sulfate form, thereby restoring their charging capacity.

IS BATTERY RECONDITIONING DANGEROUS?

Reconditioning batteries does require some caution as it may involve using some acids that can be harmful, but when used responsibly can reap huge benefits.  Some batteries are reconditioned simply by adding distilled water, and others by freezing them, but all batteries are capable of being reconditioned in your home with limited resources and expertise.

In addition to saving you money and the planet from being subjected to unnecessary toxic chemicals, you can recondition old batteries and sell them, MAKING yourself some money in the process.

S0 save money and the planet, one battery at a time, by reconditioning your dead batteries.  Learn exactly how with this Battery Reconditioning Course

Do you have other ideas on how to save the planet and make some money at the same time?  Let me know in the comments below!

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10 thoughts on “Save the Planet-One Battery At A Time

  1. Janet,
    Something like this could be used as a huge fund raiser at the schools. Can you imagine the money that could be raised if the science classes held a semi-annual battery reconditioning day?!

    1. That’s a fantastic idea Maggie! Maybe I’ll propose it to the middle school science teacher and see how that goes! That would certainly reduce the amount going into the landfills, which I fear is what happens to the majority, rather than them being recycled.

  2. Hi Janet,

    Thanks for bringing this discussion to the world. It is a very relevant one and since I have been working in the solar business I can very much relate to this dilemma. Keep up the good work.

    John

  3. This is seriously incredible! I would never have imagined that 180,000 TONS of batteries are thrown into landfills each year?! That seems ridiculous. It is even a little bit sad to be honest. There is no way that we, as human beings, can sustain our planet if we continue to treat it like our personal trash can. Thank you for posting this! Shifting consciousness one mind at a time!

    1. Dawayne, thanks for your comment. We live in the sad reality of a throw away minded society. I’m glad you found the information relevant and hope you are able to put it to use.

  4. I never thought that so many batteries are thrown away every single year. And how they pollute our world. Your blog post has to spread to as many people as possible. And people should think twice before they throw away used batteries.

    Thank you for sharing this information.

    Regards, Gedas

  5. This is such good news! I really didn’t know that you can re-vitalize batteries. I am using as little as possible because I know that they contain poisonous stuff for the environment and I don’t like to throw them away. But knowing that we can re-use it again is a complete game changer. Thanks a lot for the info. I will check out the course!
    Heidi

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