Friday, April 8, 2011

Our Green Living.

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There's a lot of talk these day's about greener living and reducing our carbon footprint. Not only is living a greener lifestyle great for the environment, but it's also better for our health and our wallets.

We eventually would love to live a pretty self sufficient and greener lifestyle, but we're working very slowly and getting greener by the day :)

The things we've done so far to help out are as follows:

  • Solar hot water (was already here when we bought the house)
  • Installed Solar Power
  • Started a vege patch
  • Compost heap
  • Kids bath together
  • Reuse bath water to mop the floor
  • Slowly reducing our showers (on Sunday I had a 2 minute shower woohoooo, trying to get hubby to beat it but he won't even dare hehehe)
  • Use a combination of Cloth Nappies and disposables - I would love to use MCN full time but I find it hard to do with 2 soon to be 3 in nappies.
  • Turn things off at the wall when not in use.
  • Slowly replacing appliances with Eco-friendly ones.
  • Turn the power to the garage completely off.
  • Cooking from scratch, reducing the amount of packaging that enters landfill.
  • Walking the kids to school as much as possible rather than driving.
  • Finding ways to reuse things.
  • Switching most cleaning products for water, vinegar and bi-carb and buying Eco-friendly cleaners.
  • Line or rack drying clothes.
  • Encourage outside play rather then watching TV.
It'll take a while to change to a completely green and self sufficient lifestyle, but I look forward to learning more about it and put all we've learnt into action.


  1. Wow that is a fantastic start you've made to your greener self sufficient life and the great thing is that because the kids are young they are learning this lifestyle too.

    I would love to be more self sufficient and green but often feel I'm fighting a losing battle with the kids.

    I think I should do a post like this to make myself more accountable so thanks for the kick in the pants.

  2. Thanks Peta :) Yeah I must admit, it would be a losing battle if the kids were older - sometimes its a losing battle with the husband, but he's slowly getting on board which is great :)
    You might be in luck with your younger children esp with a vege patch, turning the compost heap and even bucketing water from the bath. My kiddo's help out and they have a ball. Like you said they're learning aswell :)
    Good luck and I'm looking forward to your post :)