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…

The Green House Challenge

Welcome to 2017!  Do you have New Year’s Resolutions?  Do you have plans for what you’d like to do this year?  I do, too.  One of my resolutions is to do projects to make my house more environmentally sustainable.  A few years ago when I wanted to make green lifestyle changes each week (the Green…

Install a Rain Barrel

One of my favorite Craigslist purchases this year was my rain barrel.  I bought it over the summer, but didn’t get around to installing it until September.  It holds about 50 or 55 gallons, and it needed to be set up underneath one of our downspouts.

Landfill Log

If you are trying to go on a diet, you might keep a food journal.  If you are training for a marathon, you might keep a running log.  If you are trying to limit how much you send to the landfill, then you should keep a landfill log. When this idea came to me, I kept…