Because I Care about the Environment
Now that I own my own home. I have set out on a mission to try and make my house as Environementally Friendly and Energy Efficient as I can. So I am by all means open to any other suggestions that we can manage, but here is what we have done so far. I will try to remember it all.
- All new windows to minimize draft.
- Wood Stove as an alternative heating source to our oil funace, we alternate using wood in the evenings and weekends.
- All appliances are Energy Efficient
- All light bulbs are energy efficient throught
- Never leave a light on when we are not in the room
- Use outside light only in our dark waking hours
- Always air dry dishes in dishwasher rather then use heat dry
- Always wash clothes in cold water and use energy efficient sensor option on dryer
- Water efficient shower head and nozzles on our sinks.
- If it’s yellow let it mellow household rule to save water. Thus only flushing 3-4 times a day total.
- Don’t let the tap run, use a cup of water to brush teeth with.
- Short showers, take a bath if I need longer to shave ect..
- Only do laundry with full loads, 1x or 2x a week now.
- Only our run water efficient dishwasher with full loads, i.e 2x a week
- Recycle and compost everything humanly possible, we are lucky that the city picks up all organic and recycleables at the curb on Fridays.
- Use re-usable cloth grocery bags for everything we can think of, like groceries, bringing my lunch to work everyday ect.
- Use Environmentally friendly cleaners as much as possible, i.e Vinegar for mirrors, baking soda to scrub the tub, I use olive oil on my face, chemical free products (95% I would say and hoping to make this better)
- Buy second hand as much as possible and give away what we don’t need via Freecycle, you know reduce, re-use recycle.
- I intended to and intend to breastfeed and cloth diaper my kids to avoid the unecessary waste that comes with disposable products.
- 99% of the baby stuff I had for Evan was second hand, why do we need all this new baby stuff when they outgrow it all so fast, I will pass on what I don’t need when I am done with is as well.
- Re-usable water bottles and coffee cups nearly every day at work instead of disposable.
- Try to buy bulk and non packaged good as much as possible
- Using environmentally sound products such as Bamboo hardwood throughout.
- Using natural materials in our bedding and such.
- I take the bus alot, we have one vehicle for the two of us and we plan our trips for efficiency. Before moving to Halifax nearly 2 years ago, we never had a vehicle at all.
I am sure there is more to this list and I am forgetting right now. I will keep adding to it as well. I want to know that I am doing my part for my planet. How about you?