Do you pick the fruit?

July 16, 2007

One of my frugal/simple/organic message boards is having a review.   Simple/ecological living acts are designated as fruit and embarking on the simple/light lifestyle you begin by picking the low hanging fruit and moving up the tree as you get more comfortable.  Have you reached the top of the tree?  I am proud to say we have.   I have placed an asterisk next to the things we do to be more simple, ecologically friendly.  We do a lot but we could clearly do more.

Low Hanging Fruit

  • Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store*
  • use reusable containers rather than plastic bags or ziploc bags*
  • shop at a local farmer’s market to reduce petrol use in shipping food to your grocery store*
  • shop once a week*
  • increase ac temp/lower heat temp*
  • use compact florescent bulbs*
  • shop thrift stores and second hand when purchasing items*
  • Install a clothes line*
  • Drink out of one cup during the day, refilling it as necessary*
  • ditch bottled water, fill a pitcher in the fridge for quick access to cold water*
  • wear clothes more than once*

Medium Hanging Fruit

  • Plan car trips for maximum efficiency*
  • bike/use public transportation for work
  • have a producing garden*
  • mow lawn with reel mower
  • replace grass with native plants to reduce water and work* – in progress
  • compost kitchen scraps*
  • install gutters/rain barrels to collect rain water

Top of the Tree

  • buy appliances with high energy star rating*
  • install solar panels
  • install tankless water heaters
  • install solar powered water heater
  • buy a Prius
  • telecommute to work*
  • switch to front loading washer*
  • move closer to work
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