- Stop using paper towel: use reusable cloths to deal with spills, cat barf, etc.
- Use up my disposable antibacterial wipes & don't buy any more!
- Stop using disposable duster & sweeper cloths.
- Get a clothesline in the back yard & drying rack for the house so I can stop drying virtually all my clothes in the dryer.
- Install CFLs & LED lighting in all fixtures in the house as the incandescents & halogens burn out.
- Stop drafts in the house with weatherstripping & sealing up holes in the siding before winter.
- Get more sweaters & woolly slippers & keep the heat down during the winter.
- Replace the crap single-pane windows downstairs with energy efficient ones.
- Look into adding insulation to the external walls upstairs.
- Get my plastic bag usage down to zero.
- Eat less meat & choose organic/free range when I eat it.
- Grow more food.
- Make more of our own beer & wine.
- Sell the car & go back to using Cooperative Auto Network vehicles exclusively.
- Try to buy local more often.
- Buy products with less packaging.
- Try to buy clothing made with greener fabrics.
- Start carrying a good travel mug so I can stop using disposable cups when I buy hot drinks out.
- Bring my lunch to work at least four times a week to avoid the packaging that eating out always entails.
- Cut my shower time down to 5 minutes a day.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Greenifying my green house
I was reading a friend's blog today & got inspired to take a few more steps toward becoming more green at home. I consider myself to be greener than the average person already, mainly because whenever I read any tips or take any quizzes on the subject, I've already done the majority of the things they suggest. I cycle commute or take transit to work, use recycled TP, eat mainly organic produce, recycle all the plastic, paper & metal that I can, use my own fabric shopping bags, subscribe to newspapers digitally, use CFLs, wash my clothes cold in phosphate-free detergent, replaced my old furnace with a 96% efficient one, got a new flow-through hot water tank... there's probably more, but this post is really about what I still need to do... I started a mental audit of my household & discovered a few things that the green me had suppressed thinking about. Here's a list of my goals: