I decided to make a list of all the "green" things that it is possible to do and tick them off as I do them and make any comments that explain the what's and whys!
This list from 50 ways to help the planet (as at 1.06.2012)
J TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT – usually!
J DON'T RINSE – Don't have a dishwasher. We just wash by hand, good bonding time.
J DO NOT PRE-HEAT THE OVEN – Don't usually remember until I need it!
J RECYCLE GLASS – Always!
J DIAPER WITH A CONSCIENCE – Don't have our own kids!
J HANG DRY – No dryer so we have to!
J GO VEGETARIAN ONCE A WEEK – have been for a while!
J WASH IN COLD OR WARM Only connected the cold tap so cold it is for our washing.
J USE ONE LESS PAPER NAPKIN. Never buy or use them. I cut up and old sheet and hemmed it and we use them for napkins, serviettes and all things table!
J USE BOTH SIDES OF PAPER – both of us bring home office paper and use the backs for notes, kids drawings, lists etc before shredding and composting it.
J RECYCLE NEWSPAPER – Always!
J WRAP CREATIVELY – we reuse gift paper to rewrap gifts.
J RETHINK BOTTLED WATER – I have my own reusable bottle that goes everywhere with me!
J BAN BATHTIME!- we covered the bath with some big bits of bamboo and use the extra space to store bathroom things on shelves.
J BRUSH WITHOUT RUNNING- I do, but not everyone in the house has adopted this one yet.
J SHOWER WITH YOUR PARTNER – His fantasy but find the showers aren't shorter after all! Not much water savings here!
J TAKE A SHORTER SHOWER – got a timer that is sound activated from Bunnings that beeps at each minute mark getting louder and more insistent. By 10 minutes its unbearable. It certainly makes you take 2-3 minute showers!
J PLANT A TREE – we have so many trees you cant see the house on Google Earth!
J SECOND-HAND DOESN'T MEAN SECOND-BEST – practically everything we possess is second hand.
J BUY LOCAL – when its available we do.
J ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT – higher in Summer and Lower in Winter. Those few degrees make a small difference to us but quite a big one to the power bill.
J INVEST IN YOUR OWN COFFEE CUP – this is fun! My cup is purple and I take it to places that give you paper or throwaway cups.
J BATCH ERRANDS – too busy to go back and forth all over the place so this one happens naturally in our house.
J TURN OFF LIGHTS – Getting there...
J GREENER LAWN CARE – I'm all for a no-mow yard, he still wants a patch of green to look at. The front yard has very little grass – the backyard still a fair bit...
J RECYCLE OLD CELL PHONES – we do but don't upgrade very often at all...
J MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE – both got new cars with a great mechanic.
RECYCLE UNWANTED WIRE HANGERS – Hmmm... Does throwing them in the recycle bin count? I dont recall the last coat hanger I threw out...
J RECYCLE ALUMINUM AND GLASS – Always the cans but often keep the jars for.. well so many things!
TELECOMMUTE – he does on the odd occasion. I cant...
KEEP YOUR FIREPLACE DAMPER CLOSED No fire place...
J CUT DOWN ON JUNK MAIL Have the sign up but get it in with the newspaper now. All shredded and composted or thrown in the recycle bin.
J CHOOSE MATCHES OVER LIGHTERS - Hadnt thought of this but as it happens we do!
J LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING—ONLINE - Usually, how else would you do this these days?
J GIVE IT AWAY – decluttering is my passion this year!
GO TO A CAR WASH - Hmmm, not sure about this one. Maybe a waterless car wash. But how many chemicals will they use instead? More research needed!
J PLASTIC BAGS SUCK - Try not to use any!
J FLY WITH AN E-TICKET - Its the only way to fly these days I think!
J DOWNLOAD YOUR SOFTWARE - I had a clean out of disks not so long ago and downloading makes more sense than buying program CD's.
J STOP YOUR ANSWERING MACHINE - we got rid of all messaging machines. We are either home or we are not!
J SKIP THE COFFEE STIRRER - Have been for a while. Not much we wont use to stir our cuppa's instead of a plastic spoon or stick thingy!
FIND A BETTER WAY TO BREAK THE ICE - Assume this one is for those who live in places with snow in winter - we live in the semi tropics!
J USE COTTON SWABS WITH A PAPERBOARD SPINDLE - don't use swabs at all.
J PAY BILLS ONLINE - Always, but need to figure out how to stop some of the paper ones arriving...
STOP PAPER BANK STATEMENTS - see above...
J USE RECHARGABLE BATTERIES - Yup!
J SHARE! - and here I am!