So, use less water – spot clean clothes with a damp rag for small spills before starting a whole washer full of laundry. Maybe consider a no ‘poo routine or allow your hair’s natural oils to acclimate and you may find you don’t have to wash your hair so frequently. My thick locks give me a solid 3-5 days between washings! I shower more often than every 3-5 days though, they’re just shorter showers since I don’t have to wash my hair :)
- PLANT A GARDEN /// Our fence is being built this May and having a garden is on the top of my list! Sustainable, local food choices are a win for everyone!
- CLOTHES LINE /// Throughout the year I air dry our cloth diapers and a handful of clothes on our indoor drying rack (see above), but with the fence in place I’ll be able to hang my clothes line from our last house.
- HEAT CONTROL /// Our home does not have air conditioning and last summer we toggled back and forth on the idea of adding one. This year, with the addition of our blinds, I’m planning to really focus on a good schedule for open windows at night and then closing the windows/blinds before things warm up.
- SMART THERMOSTAT /// In actuality, our thermostat can help with a lot of my heat control plans. I just need to read the manual and put it to work! Another great option is to invest in a smart thermostat. In the US, Direct Energy offers a Meridian Savings Plan. With this plan you get a competitively priced fixed energy charge, up to three FREE Honeywell Smart Thermostats, plus a smartphone app that allows you to control your thermostat anytime, anywhere. Yep, definitely something to read up on.
- RAIN COLLECTION /// Even during the summer, we still have rainy days and I’m planning to have a rain barrel to water the garden and other plants.
- COMPOST /// Yep, digging out the bins from our last house and adding this to our backyard stat.