I don’t think that there is one energy solution for everybody and different locales might and probably should come up with their own solutions, but there is one thing that we all can do, and that is to reduce. We all seem to remember recycle, but in the three Rs, reduction comes first, followed by reuse, and then recycle. We need to reduce our consumption of almost everything.
Here are some of the things that we do in no particular order:
We use wind and solar.
We use canvas bags for all stores, not just the grocery store. We say “no bags” for when we can just carry our stuff out. We even have canvas bags for produce. We try to get whole foods without packaging.
We ride our bikes when feasible.
We use wax paper and plastic containers in place of use once bags for storing food.
We try to buy more local food from local sources.
We can some of our own food.
We use steel bottles for drinking tap water instead of buying bottled water.
We use handkerchiefs instead of disposable tissues.
We use led lights.
We buy used products when practical and available.
If we go out to eat and expect leftovers, we take containers with us. If we don’t have containers we ask for a small piece of aluminum foil instead of foam.
We ask for glasses instead of plastic cups when we are out. If we are out drinking and get plastic cups, we ask for refills in these instead of having them thrown away each time.
We ask for no straws in our drinks.
We try to trade books instead of buying new ones.
When we shower, we don’t let the water run free.
We use rags instead of paper towels.
When on picnics with friends, we take our dishes and silverware instead of using disposables.
We use natural cleaners like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon.
We tend to buy biodegradables and organic products.
Every once in while we sit down and try to figure out something else that we can do.
Don & Diana
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