I know this might sound sappy but I try to live like every day is Earth Day. But there are many more things I could do of course. Here's what I'm doing regularly now:
- I just set up an appointment to upgrade the insulation in my attic. They'll come out and give me an estimate tomorrow.
- Except for occasional fish or shellfish, I don't eat meat. Getting that prime rib to your butcher uses up lots of water, land, and fuel. Admittedly, I quit eating meat for other reasons but getting out of that energy consuming cycle is a plus.
- I bundle car trips and try to accomplish as many things as I can on one outing.
- Reusable grocery bags are part of my life now. It took awhile to remember to take them into the store but I'm used to them now. If I do forget, I use paper and recycle.
- got rainbarrels and use that water on my plants.
- use non-phosphate laundry soap and use cold water on most loads.
- compost with worms plus the compost pile out back.
Here's what I want to do in the near future:
- Follow thru on the attic insulation.
- Get dual flush toilets.
- Install Solar panels ($$$).
- Replace my roof turbines with wind turbines and generate electricity on windy days.
- Continue xeriscaping the yards - front and back.
- Work from home more often.
- Get a large water tank to save even more water.
- Buy locally grown produce.
But I also want to keep in mind that it's the journey; not the destination. It should be fun and as guilt-free is possible.
Here are some links that might be of interest: