Sunday, August 13, 2006
Part IV: In Search of a New...
Making smarter, healthier choices is surprisingly easy! Sustainable options can be made in virtually every corner of our lives. Check out some practical, easy tips below:
For your car…
• Keep tires properly inflated
• Keep current on auto maintenance (e.g., air filters and oil)
• Shut off all accessories (fans, radio, lights, etc.) before turning key in
• Avoid driving aggressively (“jack rabbit” starts and aggressive braking)
• Keep windows rolled up on the highway to reduce “drag”
• Remove roof-top racks and storage units you aren’t using
In the kitchen...
• Food cooks fastest on the outer edges of the microwave plate
• For small dishwashing loads, skip “Rinse Hold” and you’ll save 3-7 gallons
• When using the oven, avoid repeatedly opening the door. Each time door
opens, you lose ¼ of its heat.
• Always use cold water when running the disposal.
• Keep frost build-up in the freezer to less than ¼ inch to maintain efficiency
• Vacuum coils on back of fridge twice and year and make sure there’s space
between unit and wall on all sides.
• Install a $5 faucet “aerator” and reduce water consumption up to 50%.
For your diet…
• Try delicious “one-pot” meals
• Enjoy “shade grown” organic coffee
• Know what foods retain the highest amounts of pesticides and make smarter,
healthier choices for you and your family!
• Like fish? Choose Wild Alaskan Salmon, Tilapia, Pacific Halibat, Striped
Bass and other varieties that are considered “sustainable” from a
harvesting, species management and health standpoint.
• Reduce meat (beef, chicken, pork) consumption
Things that Creep and Crawl…
• Use natural methods of pest control. For bugs indoors, we use a spray
product (available where chemical pesticides are sold) with “rosemary oil”
as an active ingredient. It’s safe around kids and pets and it works!
• Look for “Neem-Oil” based products
Lawn & Garden…
• Don’t give your lawn a “buzz cut.” Mow often, but not too short
• Water deeply, but not too often
• Water early in the morning
• Leave clippings on the lawn (otherwise known as “grass-cycling”)
• Investigate the new “reel mowers” (these are not your father’s lawn mowers!)
• Choose a grass that is adaptable to your climate and know how often that
grass needs to be watered before it goes brown!
These are just a few of many wonderful tips available from the eartheasy website. Check it out! You don’t have to stage a coup on your lifestyle in radical and extreme ways to make a difference. Make one or two simple changes this week. Follow the link below… and see where it takes you!
p.s. If you don't see a "link" above... it's because I'm a baby blogger... how come I can't get it to highlight so you can click on it and go there? Hmmm... a mystery.