Monday, 7 March 2016

Continuing to Zero Waste our home

Okay so we're making some progress with reducing the rubbish we create in our home and diverting as much as we can away from landfill and even trying to reduce our recycling.

As proud as I am of the changes we have made over the last few months, I knew there was still plenty more I could do.

Green Energy

We switched to green energy.

Technically speaking, the actual energy which is served to our home is sourced from a "mix of generation sources", but buying into green energy means we are supporting the production of energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydro and biomass.
Is it cheaper? Am I saving money? No.

But if more people begin to support and demand green energy, prices will slowly drop and the Earth doesn't need to suffer so I can watch TV, charge my devices and turn the lights on at night. Our provider allows you to select a percentage of your bill which will be accredited green energy on your behalf, anywhere from 10 to 100 percent. Money talks so let your provider know where you would like your money spent.


Saving water

We also switched our shower head to a more water efficient option. Even by reducing the flow from 9L to 7.5L per minute, in a year that can save 5000L of precious water and money obviously!

I also yell gently remind everyone to shower as quickly as possible to save water. Hopefully the water we save will off set my slightly more expensive electricity bill.

We also leave a bucket in the shower to catch the water before it has heated up. This water can be used to water the plants or sometimes I put it in the empty washing machine and by the end of the week its at least half full and we save the amount of water we use to wash our clothes.

I even put a water bottle in the toilet tank so it takes less water to fill up each time you flush.

Transportation


We were carless for a week recently and it really opened my eyes to how heavily and almost unnecessarily we were relying on it. School drop off and pick ups were done by foot. Grocery shopping and errands were strategically done by public transport. 

I learnt that I'm kind of lazy, to be honest. No car meant I had to manage my time and be aware of train and bus schedules. The usual 5 minute drive to school turned into a 25 minute walk which meant getting up earlier and being more organised. Like any new habit, after a while it becomes routine.

We aren't carless anymore but I do try to minimise my use of the car. Similar to when I used public transport, I try and do errands and groceries in one go. I'm enjoying having days where I can actually just stay home (apart from school drop offs and pick ups of course).

I thought zero waste was all about rubbish management but to be honest, it's more about resource management. 

David Suzuki's Green Guide is an easy read but a great resource of information on how we can all be Green citizens.



We all need to start thinking about how efficiently we are using the world's finite resources and think of ways to live more sustainably. If not for our generation, do it for the next one and the one after that.

Step 95,

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