Regular readers might know I'm on a medical leave of absence. Some might deduce that this means there's less income coming into the home.
Readers, new or regular, know or can guess that I'm a green, eco-conscious type of person. While I deal with fatigue, the unpredictability of my career, and more, I need focus. My focus for the time being will be small changes on the pennywise-frugal and green fronts.
Here's a weekly round-up.
Litter boxes cleaned:
- Used plastic shopping bags for the garbage (I use my own bags - how did we get this huge crate of plastic?) - frugal and green
- As always, used biodegradable litter - green, similar cost to other products
- Found the "lost" litter boxes under a pile of snow - we must have left them out to rinse in the rain when the last snowstorm surprised us. Is this green, frugal, both, or neither?
- Changed heating program by dropping the temps two degrees all day. I'm the only one home most days; I can dress in layers if I feel cold. Both frugal and green.
- If I open windows, I turn the heat off. This is frugal, but it can backfire; I must remember to turn it back on at night when the temperature drops toward freezing.
- The heavy items all hang on dryer racks until they're merely damp: jeans, sweats, heavy sweaters use much less energy to dry, but the clothes still come out soft. Frugal, somewhat green.
- Anti-static dryer balls! I rarely buy fabric softener. The only time I need it is in the sweater load. Frugal - very frugal.
- Washing everything on warm or cold, never hot, saves shrinkage as well as saving money.
- I put together the Ultimate Greenhouse set of shelving.
- Now it's time to take inventory of seeds and plan the layout for both plots.
- Then I can start a few seeds so they're ready for planting when the frost danger is gone.
- Green? Of course. Frugal? When we're harvesting bunny food and making our own salsa, the grocery bills will go down.
Labels: it's not easy being green, it's the economy