Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Week 1 It begins

July 1 - Unplug electronics "Vampire loss"
We decided to put all of our electronics, TV, DVD, computer, etc. all on power strips. At night and while we're not at home, we turn of the power strips. This saves the ongoing electricity drain from the "stand by" power which accounts for 15% of electric usage. Simple. Easy.

Day 2 - Air conditioning
We live in Florida. Getting rid of AC all together will come on one of these posts some day, but for now, we turn off AC approximately 22 hours a day, including at night and anytime we are not home. That seems easy enough. And it was until we woke up the first morning in pools of sweat. Did I mention we're in Florida. Oh well. After a few night of this, we've gotten used to it, and the increased ceiling fan speed helps. As for turning it on while we are home, we only turn it on for a few minutes when we get home, while we're cooking, and 30 minutes before we go to bed.

Day 3 - Eat only at locally owned restaurants
So my friend Maury came to town, and when thinking of things to do we decided to go out to eat. Trudi and I go out to eat maybe once a month, and this was a special occasion. Should we go to Macaroni Grill, Cheesecake factory, where? We chose Burrito Gallery, and we actually ate there both days he was in town. So what's the big deal? The main reason, it supports the local economy, and as an ex-restaurant owner I take great pride in dining local. They also tend to get their ingredients locally, they don't have corporate headquarters sending mass amounts of food from factories across the country. And... You get the idea. The data's out there on the web for those who want to know more. Boy am I going to miss Big Macs.

Day 4 - Use the same glass all day
This seems small but it saves from the water and soap that go into cleaning a new glass every time we want something to drink.

Day 5 - Yellow Mellow
If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down. As of now, Trudi and I are renting an apartment. We have no control over the toilet. It uses 3.4 gallons of water for every flush. That's a lot of drinking water wasted. We no longer flush for pee, only for number 2. This is saving us over 20 gallons of water a day. Woah! And as long as you're drinking plenty of liquids, it doesn't stink. Promise.

Day 6 - Buy only 100% recycled non-chlorine bleached toilet paper
Nuff said.


  1. Hey Marc, I love your new blog, and congrats on living the green life. Yeah, you're really going to miss those Big Macs, huh? Funny. You can (gently) throw a brick or two into the toilet tank, that will raise the water level so that it will use less water per flush. At least, that's what I've heard.
    I can hardly wait to see what you'll do next!
    Love, Cheryl

  2. I have been so wrapped up in trying to get a composting toilet for our house when we move, that I forgot about the "brick in the back". Thank you! That will be a great daily change!

  3. Love #3! That's been my thing for the past 6 months. That when I get to choose where we eat, I choose some place we've never been before and preferably locally owned. Very interesting info you have here!