Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

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:

Repower America

Yahoo Green

Home Power Magazine

1 comment:

  1. What a great list! I'm with you on 99%, I don't know much about the wind energy on the roof though...we'll have to talk about that one!