tiny house…or not

photo by arwin basdew

Tiny houses require a lot less energy & housework, and are so darn cute! Unfortunately, teensy houses are not practical for some of us.

If you’re not planning to downsize any time soon, sign up for an energy audit instead- it might be free from your local power company. The guy was at our house for less than 2 hours, gave us several suggestions on how to be more efficient, and left us a big box of water and energy saving devices, like low-flow shower heads and LED light bulbs.

naked at the grocery?

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing!

What happens to the plastic produce bags you bring home from the supermarket? You can reuse them (they’re great for covering half a melon, for example). Even better- go naked and don’t use a bag at all for single items, cucumbers, bananas, etc. Throw trickier veggies like green beans or tomatoes into a reusable nylon bag. They last forever!

Try to take a couple of bags with you each week- or go naked- and save hundreds of plastic bags a year!

dog days drinks

decaf English Breakfast/peach tea with sugar & stevia

The dog days of summer are here, and all we want at my house is a tall glass of something cold. Usually that means iced tea, flavored water or lemonade by the gallon- but we avoid plastic bottles by making our own (it’s easier than you may think). You can even find new “unsweetened natural flavor essence” for bubbly water machines. Mix your own flavors- I’m thinking lime mango. Home brew tea means you can control the sweetness, make it decaf, or add flavors (my favorite is peach). Or use a packet of drink mix- you can add them to your water bottle no matter where you are!