Contributed by Catherine Vierthaler, Director of Finance, Green Builder Media
Reducing consumption levels need not be drudgery, actually I like to make a game out of it. There are websites that can help you figure out how to reduce power and water usage (or check out Green Chix blogs and March Facebook posts). I like to try to reduce the amount used over the same month from the previous year.
I decided to call a spending holiday one day per week. Wednesdays are a No Shopping Day in my house. Nothing. Not even groceries. And no internet shopping either! If it isn’t in the house on Wednesday then I don’t need it. I have found that as I buy less, I want less. And it makes for some REALLY interesting dinners.
One thing that does help keep me from overbuying food is to make a list before going grocery shopping. By buying only what I will use, I waste less food. I’ve also learned some basic food preservation skills, so that I can safely freeze items that might otherwise go to waste.
Another way to reduce consumption is to drive less. I live 1 mile from our little town. I can walk or ride my bike to do errands on most days. Every mile driven in a car produces one pound of CO2. Each time I walk or ride my bike into town, 2 pounds of CO2 is not pumped into the atmosphere. Check out this video for other fun facts about using bikes as transportation. The side benefit is that I’m also burning calories!
Posted: 7/16/2012 3:00:58 PM by
Heather Wallace | with 0 comments