A. Copy the list below to your own journal and
Bold the actions you are already taking
Underline the actions you plan to start taking
Italicize the actions that don't apply to you
B. Add one (or more) suggested action(s) of your own
C. Leave a comment here, so that she can track the meme to your journal, and copy your suggested action(s) back to my master list.
- Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs - everywhere except where I want dimmers
- Choose energy efficient appliances - Actually I'm more likely to go for the most effective which probably isn't the most efficient, but over time may well use less energy
- Wash clothes in cold(er) water - Using a laundromat for now :-(
- Turn the thermostat of your hot water tank down to 50°C (125°F) - I *WISH* I could do this, but it's boiling hot or no heat at all due to low pressure combined with the instant heater
- Install a programmable thermostat (or turn the heat down over night and when you're out of the house) - One well sized heater for the house that only runs at the evenings (or very cold mornings) when we're home.
- Register with the [Canadian Marketing Association's] Do Not Contact Service to reduce the amount of junk mail delivered to your house.
- Eat less meat (particularly feedlot beef) - I'm a pretty solid meat eater, but as long as it tastes good I don't care, I am looking at lowering the amount of meat I eat.
- Walk, bike, carpool or take public transit as often as possible - I'm exclusivly PT and walking, but I need to start biking home.
- Make sure you know what can be recycled in your area, and try to recycle as much household waste as possible - Basically yes, but I live with a bit of a hoarder (I only hoard equipment).
- Compost using an outdoor compost bin or an indoor vermicomposter - Did when I lived with my dad, no space here
- Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner - No filters on our heaters
- Buy local, organic or fair trade food where possible
- Reduce air travel - Actually I'm hoping to do more
- Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket - tis an instantanious, no storage of hot water
- Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible - laundromat again
- Plant a tree - planted many at my dads farm
- Buy fresh foods instead of frozen
- Keep your car tuned up and your tires inflated to their optimal pressure - No car
- Use biodegradable dishwashing liquid, laundry soap powder, etc.
- Drink tap water (filtered if necessary) rather than buying bottled water - I do a lot, except at a few clients sites where I drink the bulk "bottled" water instead of the bad tap water
- Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth
- Unplug seldom-used appliances and chargers for phones, cameras, etc., when you're not using them - I have a huge amount of crap, and certainly more then is needed plugged in, but it's a minimal amount of power compared to the lights left on around the house (but not by me)
- Plug air leeks and drafts around doors and windows with weatherstripping - Rental, and we need all the airflow we can during the simmer
- Switch from disposable to reusable products: food and beverage containers, cups, plates, writing pens, razors, diapers, towels, shopping bags, etc - In general
- Consider garage sales, Freecycle, eBay, or borrowing from friends/family before buying a new tool or appliance - I am addicted to eBay for vintage audio gear, but I don't think that really counts
- Reuse bathwater, maybe to flush the loo, water the garden, etc. - greywater's great, unfortunatly thats another thing that just doesn't work in this place
- Make sure your roof is well-insulated. - It's crap, but it's a rental
- Always wear a jumper/sweater and socks indoors unless it's warm enough outdoors to go without both.
- Run your vehicle on biofuel/sustainable fuels
- Set up a grey water barrel to use when clean water isn't necessary - see above
- Install tanks to collect rain-water from your roof for watering the garden, washing your car, etc. - rental again
- Telecommute - I've done it for contracts, but never regularly