Thursday, April 9, 2009

Progress on the list...

Here's how we're doing so far:
  1. Stop using paper towel: use reusable cloths to deal with spills, cat barf, etc.
  2. Use up my disposable antibacterial wipes & don't buy any more!
  3. Stop using disposable duster & sweeper cloths.
  4. Get a clothesline in the back yard & drying rack for the house so I can stop drying virtually all my clothes in the dryer.
  5. Install CFLs & LED lighting in all fixtures in the house as the incandescents & halogens burn out. (We've only had to replace one or two... but we're on the way!)
  6. Stop drafts in the house with weatherstripping & sealing up holes in the siding before winter.
  7. Get more sweaters & woolly slippers & keep the heat down during the winter.
  8. Replace the crap single-pane windows downstairs with energy efficient ones. (We've gotten estimates so far...)
  9. Look into adding insulation to the external walls upstairs.
  10. Get my plastic bag usage down to zero. (NEARLY there!)
  11. Eat less meat & choose organic/free range when I eat it.
  12. Grow more food. (When spring actually really gets here... yes!)
  13. Make more of our own beer & wine.
  14. Sell the car & go back to using Cooperative Auto Network vehicles exclusively.
  15. Try to buy local more often.
  16. Buy products with less packaging.
  17. Try to buy clothing made with greener fabrics.
  18. Start carrying a good travel mug so I can stop using disposable cups when I buy hot drinks out.
  19. Bring my lunch to work at least four times a week to avoid the packaging that eating out always entails.
  20. Cut my shower time down to 5 minutes a day. (This has proved REALLY hard because it takes a good minute or two just for the hot water to make its way upstairs through our old 1/2" pipes. I'm not willing to start my days with a cold shower... eek!)


shihtzustaff said...

I love this kind of green blog entry. It shows you are human and that doing some of these things is really, really hard! The Our Green Year people could certainly learn something from you!

amy logan said...

Way to go you guys! I always think of you and Oliver as two of the greenest people I know -- inspiring. I must say that since I don't have a driver's license, have a fear of flying, and don't like the taste of meat, I am green by default! But there are always ways to improve.