Miscellaneous_: More Earth Day thoughts

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, September 29, 2007 | 2 comments
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Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

I've thought of some more things that we do:


I keep a small recycling bin under my office desk, instead of a garbage can. The garbage is a couple feet away, so I am more likely to toss any paper I can't re-use into the recycle bin instead of the garbage.

I have water-savers on all the taps and in the shower. I have water dams in both the toilet tanks.

I use no chemicals on my gardens or lawn. Nor do I water it, I let the rain do that. A little bit of brown grass doesn't bother me, and my grass grows long roots to help it survive a drought.

I use ceiling fans instead of an air conditioner. I wash dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher. My house came with these two appliances, so it is a choice for me.

I only heat the important rooms, as we have electric heat - that means my office and the living room - where we spend most of our time. In the bedrooms we just use lots of quilts. I have now found I sleep better in a cooler room.

We always buy in bulk, so cut down on excess packaging. We only put out one small garbage bag a week.

My neighbours, who both work, and their 10y & 12y are in school all day, and they eat out a great deal - put out 10-14 bags of garbage a week!





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2 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you have a newer dishwasher that is energy efficient, it is actually more eco friendly to use the dishwasher rather than handwash your dishes. It uses less water and energy (so long as you only run it when it is full).

  2. Catherine says:

    I have heard that, but I wonder if that's only when you run water to rinse your dishes, and do your dishes several times a day?

    I only wash my dishes once a day and use minimal soap, so don't feel a need to rinse.

    I wonder exactly how much energy and water an energy-efficient dishewasher uses?

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