Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Green Home

Over the past few years we've been doing as much as we can to turn our home into a much greener one.  It's so important to us to do whatever we can to make a difference for the future of our planet.  Here are just a few of the things that we do on a regular basis to be more "green":

1.  Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
We have these in every room in our house.  At first I hated them, but now they don't bother me at all and they save us lots of energy every year.

2.  Recycle
We started recycling when we moved into our house 3 years ago and haven't looked back.  It's such an easy way to do our part and doesn't cost a thing.  We recycle so much now that sometimes we have to empty the bin in our kitchen more than once a week! 
We recycle so much from our bathroom that I even set up a little recycling bin in there.  That way nothing that can be recycled gets thrown away by accident. 
(wow, I didn't realize how dirty our toilet paper holder is until I saw this picture!  yikes!)
3.  Reusable Shopping Bags
I ordered these a little over a year ago from www.chicobag.com/ and love them!  You can get them in all different colors, but I liked them all so much that I had to get one of each except black.  And they fold up into tiny little pouches that can fit into your purse or clip onto your pocket.  We keep them in our car and use them as much as possible.

4.  Green Cleaning Products
We've slowing been switching our regular cleaning products over to "green" products as we run out.  These are just a few in our collection.

5.  Terra Passes
In the past we've purchased these for our cars.  I think we're a little behind this year.  If you want to learn more about them click here.

6.  Buy Local
We try to go to our local farmer's markets every weekend to buy local produce.  We bought eggs for the first time last month and I couldn't believe the difference in freshness!  Yum!  Everything tastes so much better!

photo courtesy of omahafarmersmarket.com

Like I mentioned earlier, these are just a few of the things we do around our home to be more "green".  We are always learning more and trying new things.

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