I was going to write actual content, but I’m still in the process of getting rid of my stuff and putting the stuff I do want to keep in boxes so that I can drag it over half a continent. So, you get more Quick Takes! These are all things I did that are good for the planet but also made my life better somehow.
1. Blackout curtains. I bought these several years ago after I interviewed for an overnight job. I didn’t get the job, but they still turned out to be a good investment. To wit:
- In the summer, my bedroom is significantly cooler than the rest of the house.
- As the name implies, blackout curtains make everything darker than Donald Trump’s heart, which is excellent for my light-sleeping DH.
- They look classy.
2. Wooden blinds. We originally put those up because my DH was sick of the aluminum venetian blinds we had. In addition to removing the student apartment vibe, the wooden blinds shut out more light (and thus, heat), which means our living room is cooler than it used to be and my poor old air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. (My current paranoia is that the 20-year-old AC will bite the dust some time between now and when my house is sold.)
3. Install a programmable thermostat. Why run the AC or the heat at full blast when nobody’s home? During business hours, ours is set for 2 degrees higher in summer and 2 degrees lower in winter. It’s amazing how much difference that little change made!
4. Eat less meat. The reasons why meat is bad for the environment and why factory farming is bad in general are too long for this post, but this, this, and this are good places to start. If that doesn’t phase you, consider the health benefits of less meat. I’ve mentioned before that I cut back on meat because I was worried about heart disease, but did you know that cutting back on meat can also decrease your risk of colon cancer and breast cancer?
5. Use natural light instead of electric light. That was this post of Jen’s. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gone back to candles all the time. But this has made me more productive – e.g., “I should get that laundry folded now while the sun is still on the east side of the house and the bedroom is light” or “The sun is coming in at that one angle that makes everything look dirty; time to clean the kitchen!”
6. Drive less. Actually, this is just something I’m looking forward to doing. Currently I drive 40 minutes each way to work; I’m hoping for next house to be less than 15 minutes from my job. (No, we don’t have a place to live yet. More on that in a later post.) Anyway, less time behind the wheel sounds like heaven right now.
7. It’s not Friday, but we still need a song! This week’s song is “A Change Would Do You Good” by Sheryl Crow.
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