"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." --William James
Goodness...is it June?! How did the year get to be halfway already? Thankfully, there's still another half left! And it's another month of Make Do and Mend. As we've been doing since the top of the year, we're using the Make Do and Mend Sustainable Year Planner from My Make Do and Mend Life. Gen Gale, author of the site, now hosts a great a podcast, A Sustainable Life.
The focus this month for making steps toward a more sustainable way of living looks at life a home. And more specifically how we use and consume utilities like energy (electric or gas) and water.
Suggested goals for this month are:
* switching gas/electricity provider to a greener one
* replacing home care cleaning products with ones more eco-friendly
* research water saving methods and implement them.
We have electric as our form of cooking and heating. We have a small fireplace that we use as supplemental heating and coziness during the winter months. A greener option we would love to try is solar energy! But with such a prodigious cost to establish that, I'm not sure how soon this will happen... likely not this year. So we'll look around at other options available.
The second item-- we do already, and it's so easy! We've been making and using our own homemade eco-friendly cleaning and home care products for about 16 years now. That does feel good, I have to say.
Currently now through August we are already on water restriction in terms of the garden. With the very warm and very dry May we've just had, it's a wonder our garden is doing so well. But we watch the water. And indoors we try to be mindful of the use of water. No running water unnecessarily!! Full loads of laundry only with the eco-efficient washer. I take a full shower 2-3 times per week, not every day. I rinse, "sponge bath" the rest of the time. Too much info?! haha... It saves water! I read here, that a 4-minute shower can use about 20-40 gallons/75-150 liters of water. Something to think about... :/ And LOT of consumer products contain or use water to make it--everything from food, household products, clothing, etc. So consuming less is opting out of that water use. There are lots of ways to save water, so we're trying more of that!
Do you have a special project or focus for this month, or for the year? Do you have any tips or ideas to share?!