borrow or rent

Photo by Alexandru G. Stavrica

Why buy and store that chainsaw/steam cleaner/rototiller you use once a year? I know, it is nice to be prepared. That’s what I tell myself when I look at the 15-year old generator that’s still wrapped in plastic in my garage. On the other hand, if you borrow a neighbor’s power washer and accidentally set it on fire, you should replace it. Just saying.

And if you’re the one with the garage full of tools and stuff, thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

greener shopping

Use your wallet to change the world in little steps. Buy organic food, especially in season. Look for recycled or undyed paper goods like paper towels, writing paper, and wrapping paper. Recycled clothing items, like jeans and shoes are becoming easier to find. You might pay more at times, but prices should even out as demand increases.

For starters, I’m going to buy more organic fruit this season, and look for undyed tissues, which we use all the time. What changes can you make to your buying habits?

Lighting Quiz

Photo by Raul Varzar

How are you doing with your lighting? See how you stack up in the quiz below, and pat yourself on the back for the progress you’re making!

WARNING: Think twice about the lights. Someone at work turns out the lights in our restroom on occasion. One day I walked in and turned on the lights and a voice in the stall said, “thank you!”

Novice: You’ve changed the light bulbs that get the most use, and are waiting for your incandescent bulbs to burn out before replacing others.

Intermediate: Among other changes, the outdoor lights are on a timer, and turn off automatically at night. The lights are only on in a room if someone is in it.  

Pro: All your bulbs are high-efficiency, indoors and out. You’re talking to facilities managers at your job and at the local school to make sure they’re on top of the latest technologies.