Sunday, September 7, 2008

Where Wanna-Be Green Girl REALLY Began

Back at the beginning of September (2007), I posted this blog with goals for lifestyle changes.... I was supposed to go back over it on Nov. 30th (2007), and forgot. So better late than never right??? I will change to BOLD all of the things I have accomplished and make notes in italics - and make a new goal to add more BOLD to my list! Next revaluation date April 1st, 2008.... so okay - it's way past April 1st... it's mid-September 08, but here I am. Starting a blog to further my commitment to a greener lifestyle.


Here is the original blog I posted on myspace back almost 1 exact year ago:Link to Orinal Blog

Over the next few months I have a list of things I would like to try to change in our home. Let me know if you have any other ideas to add!!! November 30th I will go back through my list and see how many I have been able to accomplish!!

Goals to Achieve a higher level of "green-ness":

1. unplug certain appliances when not in use (especially those with unnecessary clocks) *I do this every night, most conciously with my computer, I have a powerstrip to turn it ALL off, and we always unplug our microwave after use.
2. use compact fluorescent light bulbs *We have 100% changed all of our bulbs!
3. have nightlights with photovoltaic sensors scattered throughout the home (reduces need for turning on lights) *we did get 1, but we need more
4. had ridge vents installed ( a way for an attic to ventilate itself)
5. clean fridge coils
6. clean dryer lint trap * I do this everytime
installed dimmer switches in all locations where CFLs would not work

7. use organic seeds and fertilizers
8. use organic and locally grown pet food *I have switched to an all natural cat foot
9. use some organic and locally grown foods * I now buy as much as possible organic including: milk, fresh fruits and veggies, rice, babyfood, and cereal.
10. buy and sell used clothing and other items *almost all clothing I have bought for my kids has been from friends, the consignment shop or Goodwill, or EBAY
11. use motorcycle often
12. use fuel efficient vehicles
13. exhaust fans are on timers (no forgetting to turn them off)
14. make baby food * I did do this 1x, and made a huge supply. I found it very time consuming for the amount of food my son eats...I mean, each icecube was 1 oz, and 1 jar of food is 4. So... he eats 2 jars at lunch and dinner now and 1 at breakfast.... so that's 9 icecubes a day... and like 14 in a tray I think? .... it wasn't worth it for me. shut off water while brushing teeth * I have gotten good at this!!
15. take short showers *unfortunatley it's all I have time for lol
16. wash in cold water on delicate cycle *(all but diapers)
17. hang certain loads of laundry outside to dry (sun is great for bleaching)
18. use cloth diapers, and cloth wipes *Diapers all the way - but wipes... not so much
19. let hair air dry
20. grill in the summer (no heating the kitchen by using the stove)
21. recycle as much as possible
22. reuse plastic grocery bags for garbage bags and lunch sacks *and I've done better, we've purchased reusable bags!
23. run A/C warmer and heater cooler
24. use bamboo sheets
25. natural gas water heater and furnace
26. try to consolidate errands as much as possible
27. take very few unnecessary trips (no aimless driving)
28. run climate prediction simulations on all PCs
29. carpool *my friends and I do this as much as possible - which is more fun anyways
30. have solar screens on all windows
31. try to avoid heating and cooling areas that don't need to be comfortable
32. wash full loads of laundry
33. wear clothing more than once before putting it in the wash *as much as possible use little to no boxed convenience foods (TV dinners, boxed meals, etc)
34. rarely go out to eat
35. fireplace is gas (studies have shown these are more efficient overall)
36. have houseplants
37. breastfeed * 100% baby!
38. maintain proper pressure in tires on vehicles for maximum fuel efficiency
39. open windows when it's nice outside instead of running the A/C
40. Try to remember that less is better when using lotions, soaps, detergents, etc.
41. clean a/c ductwork
42. hang all loads of laundry outside to dry (install more clothes line)
43. compost *I wish we had some place to do this and the next one...
44. grow a vegetable garden (with organic seeds, fertilizer, plant food, etc.)
45. stop using plastic bags and switch to paper or even canvas
46. switch to laptop and stop using PC and big monitor
47. put in bamboo flooring when carpeting is replaced
48. use microfiber cloth on Swiffer instead of Swiffer disposables
49. use cloth cleaning rags * I cannot remember the last time I bought a paper towel!
50. use eco-friendly cleaners
51. install cellular honeycomb blinds
52. use cloth napkins
53. plant to attract birds and butterflies
54. purchase items with less packaging (try to be more conscious of packaging)
55. replace weather stripping around doors
56. have house tested for efficiency
57. upgrade to more efficient appliances as needed
58. install dual flush toilets *I dont know what this is, but we do reuse the shower water to flush the toilet. My husband is so smart!
59. recycle cell phones
60. plant more trees


*~*Lauren*~* said...

I'm going to swipe this list. I'm starting a "journey to green" blog myself - an this list is a good place to start!

Sally said...

KUDOS to you for setting some goals and taking strides to accomplish them!!!
I have been using eco-friendly cleaning products for several years now, and have always been borderline psycho about throwing away paper and other things that can be recycled...heck my friends used to call me mother earth! ;)
I'm going to follow your blog, and see what else is on YOUR list that I need to add to MINE! :)