Monday, March 09, 2009
We've been making small changes over here. Changes to save us money and changes to live a bit more gracefully on this planet. More will come, but like I said small changes work best for us. Here's what we've changed in the last 2 weeks.
* We are making our own laundry detergent. Got the idea from gonzo mama, but there are other recipes out there. It will save us money, not sure how much yet (still calculating haw far a batch will take us). Here is the recipe
2 bars of fels naptha soap, finely grated (or other recommended soaps) I found this at longs drugs
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda (found this at nob hill)
Not sure about the fels naptha soap. We like it, but I want to make sure this stuff is good for the environment and I haven't got around to looking it up yet. (anyone know?)
* Washing all of our clothes in cold water. This saves on the heating bill and cuts back on out CO2 emissions.
* Turned down our water heater to 120 degrees. “If every household turned its water heater thermostat down 20 degrees, we could prevent more than 45 million tons of annual CO2 emissions – the same amount emitted by the entire nations of Kuwait or Libya.” -Power Scorecard
* I turn off the heater during the day. Saves us money and more co2 emissions.
So like I said small steps right now. The heater one I think is the one that I thought would be the hardest. I HATE being cold and I am cold ALL of the time. I have a hard time getting warm. I crank up the heat during the day to stay warm. Really though, it's not been that bad. It doesn't get as cold in here as I thought it would, and if I stay active (which is pretty easy) I don't really notice that the heat isn't blasting.
Homemade Dishwasher detergent
Shop farmers market more often