Month 8 – Grow Food

The ultimate of eating local is growing your own food.  This summer, my husband and I planted a raspberry bush and a blackberry bush.  When the plants are mature, we’ll have delicious food that is organic, didn’t require fossil fuels to be transported, and didn’t come wrapped in packaging destined for a landfill.  Also, when I…

Month 7 – Skip the Clothes Dryer

As far as appliances go, they say clothes dryers use quite a bit of energy.  According to the EPA, dyers can use more electricity than a refrigerator.  To check electricity use from my own house, I noted the meter readings over a few days.  For a nerd like me, the results are interesting: I found…

Month 6 – Install a Smart Thermostat

Phones send e-mails and respond to my voice.  Maps talk to me.  I learn world news almost instantly.  And now, my thermostat knows when I’m home or away.  The future is HERE! The most recent eco-friendly change in our house, is a Nest Thermostat.  Previously we had a programmable thermostat, however in search of even more…

Month 5 – Backyard Composting

Having a backyard makes it easier to do backyard composting.  As a house-warming gift, we got a Gardenline Compost Bin.  This month, I set it up and started using it for grass clippings and food scraps.  The set-up was very easy, however I didn’t really know how to get it started.  Should I start with some…

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…