Month 4 – This is Big!

Big as in SOLAR PANELS!  It is with great pleasure, that I announce the commissioning of our SOLAR PANELS!  In terms of environmental savings, this is HUGE.  Here’s what happened: Last fall, I started thinking about solar panels.  Someone I knew (thanks Matthew!) had some installed, and he recommended Arch Electric.  They patiently answered all…

Am I an Activist?

Emma Watson called herself an activist in her One Young World speech (referring to the HeForShe movement).  It made me wonder, am I an activist?  Do I want to be? The definition of an activist is “a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change.”  This leads me to question the word “campaign”.…

Eco-Conscious Coffee

Eco-friendly actions can be contagious.  Without any prodding from me, my husband purchased a Keep Cup for his coffees.  He’s had that for years, and more recently, he bought a re-usable coffee filter pod for his Kerig. At first the Keep Cup lid had a bad seal, but the Company graciously sent us a replacement lid…

Month 3 – Save Water in the Toilet Tanks

With busy weekends in March, I needed a quick project.  I decided to add plastic bottles to the toilet tanks to save water with each flush.  Two of our toilets are newer so they use 1.6 gallons per flush.  The third toilet uses a monstrous unspecified amount of water which I’d estimate at three or four gallons.…

My First Climate Change Disruption

You could say that climate change has impacted me for years since it’s led to significant changes in my lifestyle.  But, the first time that climate change disrupted my life directly was a few weeks ago at the American Birkebeiner cross country ski race. The Birkie is the largest cross country ski race in North America…

Month 2 – Insulate the Fireplace

As I peacefully did yoga in the family room one morning, my tranquility was disturbed when I noticed a substantial draft from our fireplace.  How had I not noticed this months ago?  Our fire place was like an open window allowing cold air to continuously flow inside.  You’re probably thinking that I left the flue…

Month 1 – Get Curtains

The middle of winter is supposed to be a cold time of year in Wisconsin.  Regardless of this year’s trend, my heater is still running and my windows are still a great way for heat to escape my house.  In order to combat this, I use curtains and blinds. We already had blinds for some…