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Minimize my Carbon Footprint

I work really hard to be as GREEN as I can be in my day to day life.

  • I recycle more than I throw away
  • I use low flow showerheads
  • I use CFL or LED lightbulbs throughout my home
  • I installed and use a programable thermostat
  • I use a rotary mower instead of a gas mower
  • I live in a pretty dark house, lights are on only when needed
  • I’ve eliminated all vampire power
  • I’ve changed my wardrobe to not require dry cleaning or ironing
  • I make my own cleaning products
  • I’ve removed my name from as many junk mail databases as I could

Things I am not doing, but have plans to do soon (when I get out of the rental house I’m in)

  • Set up a compost
  • Collect rain water
  • Small garden

Can you think of anything else I can do?

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • minhus July 30, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Well, seeing as you’re minimalist, I’m sure you already examine your purchases to limit unnecessary consumerism, that’s one I’m struggling with. I’m pretty much on the same level as you, but if you want to go further there’s working towards zero waste, using canvas bags for shopping, hanging clothes to dry instead of using the dryer, limit driving and use public transportation/bike instead, eating less meat or giving up meat, etc.

    • Marc Morgan August 1, 2011, 7:56 am

      All wonderful suggestions. Thank you!

  • Tonia August 4, 2011, 9:40 am

    How do you get around? Bicycling is good for our bodies and the earth! Depending on how far away you live from your work, the grocery store, etc. and how safe it is to bike to those places (not all towns/cities have good bike paths and lanes.)

    We are currently working on getting off of proPAIN (ha) by heating our house with wood and solar exclusively. A solar guy is coming over next week to hash out the plan with us!

    • Marc Morgan August 4, 2011, 10:23 am

      I live in Houston Texas. Which is not at all bike friendly. I work 20 miles from home so it would be a long bike ride. They do have mass transit. But it is only buses and limited drop off points. You can bring a bike on the bus, they have special racks for it. I might look into that. I’ve even looked into a used motorcycle for running around.

      Solar is my future. I am trying to make time for classes. I want a little solar farm.

      • Tonia August 4, 2011, 6:21 pm

        Bummer. Duluth wasn’t bike friendly at all either. I felt in danger biking to work, and I know several friends who were hit by cars on their bikes there. Not cool! I wish more cities would get with it!!

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