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…

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…

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…

Where are the dead bodies?

I don’t know where worms go when they die.  No, I’m not wondering if there is a Worm Heaven; I am literally saying that I do not know where the dead worm bodies are.  Unfortunately, my most recent batch of worms didn’t make it very long.  After only about a month in the bin, I confirmed…