Friday, March 13, 2009

The Quest Begins

This is what we have already done to reduce our foot print:

We've installed low flow shower heads , which you can buy cheap at Lowes- $5 or so.

We share showers with the cats...

Wait! NO! That's a BAD idea!! :)

We use Compact Florescent Light bulbs and recycle them at IKEA or Home Depot instead of chucking them in the garbage because they have mercury in them.

We added insulation above the garage. And best yet, the insulation was FREE. We helped Dawn with her rental and she said we could have anything we wanted . Thank you, Dawn!

I've saved up a stash of money to build raised garden beds. We started the grape arbor and ran out of money. It will be completed first and we can get grapes started. Our neighbors on the other side also have grapes and the four plants will create quite the canopy. They have a worm bin bench on their side. I will want a worm bin at some point, but not sure if I want it located there.

We recycle as much as we possibly can. Newspaper, cardboard, cans, aluminum.... Once I start the compost bin, all the paper stuffs can go there.

So we've already made quite a few changes. Off to a good start.


StefRobrts said...

That is a good start! I have a worm bin, but I'm not really happy with it. I need to go out and poke around and see if there's still any worms in it, I haven't seen any for a long time. But stuff seems to keep breaking down. It's kind of a mystery to me!

dotoner said...

cant do the worm bin - sorry against ccrs! But we do recycle, have a new shower head too. I've been bugging Eric about to go to a low flow (half flush) toilet to reduce water. Well see how quick we get on that!

annaliese said...

I sooooo wanted to see you today and go out and party with you!!!!!!1 I hope you had a very Happy Birthday, my friend--I will see you soon!!! :) love you!!!!

Mer said...

Way to go YOU! That is so responsible of you.

I have a pile of light bulbs waiting to be recycled next time we go through Ikea, and my little compost bin seems to be doing okay. But I'm with you... I would love to do vermiculture instead.