Friday, April 25, 2008

Full of Next Steps

I've been really, really trying to emphasize the first "R" of the three-R's in the arrow, but I had to break down and buy a new book--Go Green: How to Build an Earth-Friendly Community. It's super-reader friendly and full of next steps.

Among them:

  1. Get an energy audit done on our house to reveal all the hidden ways we're wasting energy and to help us prioritize our next steps.
  2. Replace all our incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (I think we've done this for the most part, but I'm not sure).
  3. Look into getting a tankless water heater.
  4. Plug everything into power strips that can be turned off at night.
  5. Get a solar water heating and photovoltaic systems added to our home by the time the federal tax credit (up to $2,000) expires by December 2008.
  6. Get solar outdoor lights.
  7. Replace all carpets with non-toxic carpets.
  8. Get non-toxic bedding.
  9. Set up a clothesline.
  10. Turn the water heater thermostat down to 120 degrees.
  11. Leave at least three inches when we mow the lawn.
  12. Collect rainwater in a barrel (and cover with a screen to avoid breeding mosquitoes) to use for watering our plants.

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