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    Green Living

    We don't live in isolation. Everything we do affects the world around us. Each individual can make a difference in helping to restore and maintain a balanced world. The choices we make everyday regarding the food we eat, how much water and energy we consume, the types of cleaning products we use, the kind of car (and how often) we drive, all can have a positive or negative impact on the earth.

    I thought it might be nice to share some of our ideas on how we can impact the earth...


    When using household cleaners I try to use non-toxic biodegradable cleansers which are free from chlorine, ammonia, harsh acids, caustics, and petroleum-based ingredients. -- If every household would replace petroleum-based cleaner with plant-derived cleaner we could save oil.
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    Re: Green Living

    Some of what I've done:
    • I've cut WAY back on my driving, by about 60%.
    • My draftier windows have clear plastic over them to cut outside infiltration.
    • I installed programmable thermostats.
    • I compost yard waste.
    • I planted a windbreak a few years ago, but the payoff on that is probably 20 years in the future.
    • I've reduced the area that I keep mowed.
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    I bought the reusable shopping bags. Those things are amazing. I can fit a whole cart full of groceries in about 6 bags, versus 15 plastic ones that you know at least one is going to rip on the way from the car to the house!
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    I drive a fuel efficient car and have no life so never drive anywhere . I hardly ever do housework, so save a lot there. I recycle every single scrap of paper, can, glass, and plastic every week (and pay for the privilege to do so at a recycling center). I eat low on the food chain (lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, not much meat). I use unbleached coffee filters, eco-bottles for bottled water (Poland Springs) but will change to a Britta pitcher when the daughter is gone. Anyone who wants to watch tv has to sit in an unheated converted shed that is called our living room with the door to the heated house closed. If there is a cold snap I supplement with wood heat. When the kids were little my ex refused to have a drier, so every cloth diaper was hand hung by moi. Before the ink on the divorce papers was dry I had my own drier. Sorry. 3 teens. I'm pretty aware, so there's probably more, but also more I could do, I'm sure. I turn out lights and nag when they get left on. I've switched about half of the bulbs over to those squiggly ones and will replace the others with those as they burn out.
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    I've switched about half of the bulbs over to those squiggly ones and will replace the others with those as they burn out.
    Add fluorescent light bulbs to my list of things I've done
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    Re: Green Living

    We would like to be more green and have looked at green building as we would definetly like to build a green house in the near future, my husband has been looking at ways to resuse gray water and also use a cistern for water and solar electricity. He also wants to buy a diesal truck and convert it to biodisel.

    We have a programmable thermostat
    I use canvas shopping bags
    we compost veggie peelings and yard waste
    We cut down on driving
    florescent lighting
    hang up some of the clothes (I also used cloth diapers when my daughter was little)
    cut back on harsh cleaners
    recycle
    I don't buy bottled water
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    Re: Green Living

    - Fluorescent bulbs
    - Composting absolutely all biodegradable waste to use in our organic vegetable garden
    - Organic food where possible
    - NO chemicals for household cleaning (and that includes detergent - soap does the job fine and doesn't leave a layer of chemical scum floating on the water table)
    - Bike everwhere, including Mr. Rattus' 60K round-trip commute
    - Programmable thermostat (temperature set to 14c at night - the comforter does an admirable job)
    - Not purchasing anything in a package that can be purchased not in a package
    - Own three different sizes of Camelbak water bottles, to be used according to season and/or event, plus a Platypus 2L hydration system
    - I always, always, always carry in my purse this fairly gigantic nylon drawstring backsack thing that I made rather than ever taking plastic bags. Also, always use a purse that's large enough to carry the smaller items
    - Don't own a dryer - the line works fine

    ETA: Oh yeah, any junk mail, etc. with a blank back can be cut into half, stapled at the corner and used for message pads/shopping lists, etc.
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    Re: Green Living

    When my Discovery Home channel changed to Planet Green I was upset at first (no more Holmes on Homes ) but then I discovered Living with Ed, Greensburg, and other shows that I'm enjoying.

    I've been recycling newspapers, plastic grocery bags, phone books, magazines, wine bottles and soda cans but want to expand. We don't have mandatory recycling so I have to seek out places to take my items. I've started recycling plastic jugs and will expand to tin cans. It seems like some places make it difficult to be green by not having facilities to take these things to instead of filling up the landfills with them.

    I replaced most of my bulbs with CFL's a while back and recently I found all my old cloth shopping bags and plan to start using them again when I grocery shop. I've been recycling the plastic ones but there's no reason I can't use my own cloth ones. As my chemical cleaners get used up I've been replacing them with the new lines of green cleaners.

    I throw vegetable peels out to be composted (although I don't have a garden) and gray water goes on the grass.

    I'd love to get a better fuel efficient vehicle but the prices of those have skyrocketed due to higher demand. I've also been trying to do as many errands as I can one day a week instead of going out several times.

    Everyone who's posted has some great suggestions. I'd love to hear more ideas on ways to conserve and live green. I seem to recall someone saying to put dryer lint out for the birds to make nests?
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    Re: Green Living

    We've been slowly replacing our bulbs as the old ones fizzle. But one thing has me concerned. My light fixture in my kitchen breakfast area has a dimmer and the CFL bulbs don't work. They less than work. I wouldn't mind if they didn't dim, that's no big deal. But they start to produce a strobe light effect once they warm up and then the dimmer switch buzzes at varying levels. I gave up and put the old energy suckers back in the light fixture. Does anybody have any experience with this?

    Other than that, we are pretty green. We usually recycle more than we throw away. I know I could do much more, though. I don't do the compost thing because I'm afraid my neighbors would complain. I'd also love to have a clothes-line. I think I'm going to try to get something discreet next year and give the dryer a break.
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    Re: Green Living

    Great post here, I am fond of this topic.

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