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September 22nd, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Which of these do you already do?

Which would you consider?
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September 22nd, 2012, 05:59 PM
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I don't do 1 or 5. I would buy only energy star if I wasn't always more worried with saving $$ and I have been trying to phase out chemical cleaners but theya re just so darn effective. And I do not love the smell of vinegar as a cleaner.
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September 22nd, 2012, 08:34 PM
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1 We get no say in our general appliances as we rent, but all of our small ones are chosen based off energy consumption.

2 We do have the CFL bulbs, I do not find them bright enough however. So we are holding out for LED to come down in price, and then we'll do a 1:1 ration of LED to CFL (since DH doesn't like bright lights) to get a good balance.

3 We have not yet gotten into the habit of unplugging what we are not using. Mostly because the outlets in our home are behind furniture, which means they are not easily accessible.

4 We do recycle. We do reuse. Reducing is hard, and something I'm trying to work on DH with. I find the US to be INCREDIBLY wasteful and irresponsible for trash and it drives me bonkers. Where I'm from has a full recycling program (Trash, bottles/cans, plastic/metal, paper, compost are all required). Our apartment does glass and plastic, and paper, but everything else goes into the trash.

*I plan on composting one day when we have property, so that way I can nurture my gardens naturally*

5 I'm working on the cleaners. We buy very few regular cleaners, most of them are at least biodegradable, We will be switching to all Green ones by the end of the year... for everything except the toilet, I absolutely refuse to compromise on that one. LOL. I'm allergic to Borax so there are so many things I could make, that I can't

6 We rent, so we have no control over this at all.

7 This one is our weakest point. With Dh's skin, he baths AND showers daily to control his itchiness. We are working on washing dishes in a sink full of water rather than under running water, I will be very happy when our dishwasher is fixed (we even use all natural in the dishwasher for both the "jet dry" and soap) so I can stop washing dishes by hand!




so 1, 3, 6 we don't do... 7 is our weak point.
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1. Look for the Label: - no i don't believe we have any energy star appliances

2. Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting: - yes

3. Banish Energy Vampires: - yes, we actually have these outlet things iGogreen..."Energy saving 4 outlet wall unit surge protector with integrated iGo Green® Technology automatically reduces wasted standby (vampire) power by up to 85%. Plug in your computer and other electrronic devices to save power without the hassle of unplugging. Become a Vampire Slayer today!" <- LOL that was the description


4. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse: - yes

5. Clean Green: - yes but its not totally but as much as possible

6. Green Landscaping: - a little

7. Water Conservation: - yes, and we have a tankless water heater
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September 23rd, 2012, 12:38 PM
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I think we are doing all but #3 really well. #3, we have things that will go to standby mode when not in use but I am curious about how much power it takes just to keep everything plugged in. We don't have the kind of time to un-plug and re-plug everything each day, that's not realistic at all. I would like to get some of those iGo green plugs.

We do have a nest thermostat that automatically puts the a/c and heating on away mode for us daily.
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We do everything on there.

Soon we'll not be using any lights though, just oil burning/candles and then gradually solar panels and generator.
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Earthy - the generators will run off of the solar panels?
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Generators can run off of different things. I think DH and I are going to venture down the path of diesel ran generators b/c you can make your own diesel fuel using organic materials.

And DH just said that for long term it's going to be solar.
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September 24th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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Me and DF are REALLLLLY BAD at number three...I looked around my living room and counted at least 3 things that would be on standby if I wasnt in here...made me think though and ill be turning em off tonight when I go to bed

We do use energy efficient light bulbs though, one reason being that lots of shops in the UK no longer sell 'standard' light bulbs that arent energy efficient and another reason being that they last longer and I hate changing bulbs!
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September 25th, 2012, 06:07 AM
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1. Look for the Label - Haven't really needed to replace an appliance for a long time. Though this is something I would look for if shopping for new ones now.

2. Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting: Yes we use 100% energy saving lightbulbs.

3. Banish Energy Vampires: Last person up has to do a double-check and make sure everything is off at the wall apart from the frig and the fish's air pump.

4. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse: We are pros at recycling. Reducing can be hard with the way the supermarkets package products, and we have lost our local grocery stores . We do as much as we can. We do reuse as much as we can. I reuse a lot of glass jars and containers, either for gifting or for keeping bits and pieces I use for Pagan rituals or for teaching! I also do junk modelling with Daniel, and collect stuff for junk modelling for his school.

5. Clean Green: Not yet. Definitely need to explore this one more this year.

6. Green Landscaping: Yes. We have trees around our property, plenty of wildflowers, and we have a bird/wildlife feeding station we've built up over the years in our garden. We get a variety of insects and birds, as well as hedgehogs and squirrels, feeding in our garden.

7. Water Conservation: I'm on this one at present. I want to find something to use as a rainwater butt. We also share bath water (honestly, not gross, we all have the same germs after all and we don't get dirty dirty as we wash regularly!) and we re-use dishwater and sometimes bathwater for watering plants etc.
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1. Look for the Label - yes


2. Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting: yes


3. Banish Energy Vampires: Yes

4. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse: yes

5. Clean Green: i started this but have fallen out of practice as my time and energy has gone to the baby lately

6. Green Landscaping: dh tends to outside and currently we're still clearing out crap from when we first moved. we have alot of land, the house was unlived in for a long time, lots of growth out there. but yes i plan to plant tons of flowers as i love them. I want bird feeders, I already have a squirrel feeder, I have lots of wildlife around the house. <3

7. Water Conservation: im a big failure on this one, I tend to turn the facet on in the kitchen to fill something and then get distracted...
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