So I won something! I wrote a comment on one of the Green Daily blogs and I won Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food book. It looks like an utterly fascinating read about food in America. I’m sure I’ll report back once I’ve read it to let y’all know if it’s worth your time. 🙂
On to the main point of my post . . . Sometimes it’s hard to gauge what to do next to live a green life. Often, money gets in the way. Who can afford solar panels to power your house when they’re still so expensive? The good news is that there are a lot of ways to go green that actually save you money and don’t cost you much (if anything at all).
A couple weeks ago I found this list of 35 Low Cost Ways to Green your Lifestyle. I think it’s pretty comprehensive as far as low cost solutions to being green. I think I may try to use this list as a check list of things to try to achieve. So far we are already doing 18 of the things of the list (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 17, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35) and I would like to shoot for a lot more. There are a couple of them that I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time, like getting new weather striping for our doors and windows (which ends up saving us a lot of money on our utility bills) and getting a rain water bucket to water our yard (which on a rainy day like today, actually seems worthwhile).
For those of you living in Austin, if you don’t have a programmable thermostat, shame on you! Austin Energy gives them away and installs them for free!
So what cheap things are you guys doing to live a green life? What is hard for you and what is easy?