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?

About mommamaynard

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on January 16, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great list. What about the water bottle in the back of the toilet trick?

  2. I’m going to add this to my memories for reference. I’m always wondering what more I can do and I see a few things I need to start!

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