So, I figured the best way to get my start off on the right *green* foot is to begin fresh with a new home. This new home will be about efficient use of products, little waste, and just overall happy fresh livin. The first thing I am going to do is call EWEB to set up my electricity. But this time I will be signing up with EWEB’s GreenPower option; for just $0.01 more per Kilowatt hour I will be using green energy. 72% of the electricity comes from wind power and the rest comes from biogas and solar energy. Last month I used about 550 Kilowatt hours and at hour highest I think it was around 800. So thats between 5 and 8 dollars extra a month. There is also the option to sign up for Kilowatt blocks, so that you just exchange portions of your electricity for renewable energy. This is so simple, I cant believe I did not do it earlier.
Also, thankfully our new landlord has already replaced all the light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs which last much longer and save a ton of energy, not to mention he put a ten year battery in the fire detector.
The next thing I would like to do is switch all my shampoo and soap containers to reusable one and begin refilling them at Sundance. Its a very simple process and will help to keep me from using that not-very-easy-to-recycle plastic. I plan to do this with many things in my house: dry food, cleansers, soaps, etc. Speaking of cleansers, I also plan on just keeping bottles of vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda water around for cleaning (found some recipes for more heavy duty cleaners that include Worcestershire sauce strange I know!).
Other simple green ideas include: (1) set up a three (four sort of) refuse “station:” One for recycles, one for cans/bottle return stuff, one for trash, and outside I will have my compost bin as always (which i have been doing already, but I want to make it more efficient). My goal is to only have to take out the actual trash once a month. I think that is a pretty good goal and hope to cut it down even more than that. (2) sew more grocery bags for family (got about 4 done for myself). (3) use a linen coffee filter (4) continue growing herbs and hang strawberry plants. Also, some more expensive things I would like to get eventually are organic cotton or wool sheets and comforter, as well as organic cotton towels. Some day…
These things all feel very manageable and a simple, yet logical next step to lightening the load I place on the Earth.