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…

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.…

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.