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…

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.…