I am not citing the blog post because I do not want the green wrath of environmental bloggers to come down on someone because of something I wrote. LOL
What I do to recycle and save energy.
- work from home.
- eat mostly raw foods from local growers.
- recycle every piece of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal that enters home.
- buy in bulk.
- filter my own water to drink in reusable bottles.
- receive statements and pay bills online.
- carry my bags into the grocery store for my purchases.
- pass on all usable items to charities.
- recycle old clothes into rags to use for cleaning.
- shop at Goodwill (thrift store) and pawn shops first when I need something.
- water my plants with gray water from my washing machine.
- set thermostat to 80 degrees in summer and 60 degrees in winter.
- use oil-filled radiant heater to heat a room instead of turning on heater.
- compost all kitchen waste and yard waste.
- burn candles or open windows for freshening effect.
- reuse any plastic bags to line my small trash cans.
- air dry all my clothes.
- belong to FreeCycle.
- plan our excursions into town to use the least fuel.
- use cold water to wash clothes.
- use low-energy and air-dry settings on dishwasher.
- use soaker hoses instead of sprinklers to water.
- have all wood from tree trimming chipped and use as mulch.
I have purchased:
- a car that gets over 20 miles to the gallon (Camry).
- a scooter to get around town (50+ mpg).
- a diesel truck so that we may use biodiesel for our road trips.
- compact fluorescent bulbs for all sockets in home (now I am looking at LEDs).
- low-flow toilets.
- low-flow shower heads.
- energy star dishwasher.
- energy star washer and dryer.
- energy star refrigerator/freezer
- rechargeable batteries and charger for my camera.
- programmable timer for my hot water heater (and set temperature to 120 degrees).
- insulation blanket for my hot water heater.
- solar screens for every window in my home.
- replacement, energy-efficient windows for windows on west side of my home.
- thermal curtains for all windows in my home.
- a ceiling fan for every room in my home.
- most energy efficient a/c and heater, which I have serviced 2x yearly.
- 50 year roof that is wind-resistant, fire-resistant and hail-resistant.
- hardiplank siding for home (fire and rot-proof, and does not have to painted as often as regular siding)
I do not:
- use paper towels.
- use plastic utensils.
- leave water running while I wash my face, brush my teeth or wash my hands.
- buy items in plastic that cannot be recycled.
- purchase items with excess packaging.
- use Swifter.
- use bleach.
- use detergents with phosphates.
- use toxic chemicals to clean.
- sit with my car running at the bank. drive-through, etc.
- subscribe to newspapers.
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