Friday, May 15, 2009

And more little things

So, after yesterday's post, here's a rundown of a few other things we have done:
  • Chris commutes most days via bus or motorcycle (~60 mpg)
  • we've replaced several appliances (c. 1986) - dish washer, oven, washer and dryer
  • we deep sixed the deep freeze ($20 savings the first month!)
  • we added R25 insulation to our attics, which had only the original R6 
  • we got a new car that doesn't have spectacular mileage but is a significant improvement
  • I haven't done well the last year or so, but hope to get back into riding the bus or walking with the boys when feasible
  • replace original single-pane windows with double pane
And a few things on the list that we still need to do as time and money (mostly money) permit:
  • replace the c. 1986 HVAC, water heater and refrigerator
  • add solar panels or wind power
  • make or buy a rain barrel
  • replace the siding with insulated siding
I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting, but the point of these two posts was really just that a series of small steps can add up to a lot. And using less energy due to global warming isn't the only reason to do these things. Many save on energy costs so they directly hit our pocket book. Plus, I'm all about the energy independence. 
So what have/are you doing to cut energy costs and consumption?


  1. I can't imagine how tough it would be to ride the bus with small kids. You're my hero for even trying!

  2. Wil loves buses, so he's usually pretty good. The hardest part is getting on and off, but some of the students are really good about helping (especially the guys) and the drivers are usually helpful. That the buses kneel helps when I need to take a stroller.


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