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Old 06-12-2008, 10:35 PM
 
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My husband and I are retired and empty nesters, so we gave our car to our son for his family of five and we just use our truck. With just two of us we find we only need one vehicle, even though we live 15 miles from town.

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The most impressive measure I've read thus far on this list is KKRA and her husband getting down to one car. That's the way it used to be not too long ago...one car per family. Growing up that way, I never gave it a second thought. We did just fine with one car. Though it would certainly create some inconveniences with todays hectic lifestyles, it can be done. In the not too distant future, I imagine that we'll be seeing more and more of it out of necessity rather than choice.
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Old 06-14-2008, 02:38 AM
 
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San Francisco banned plastic bags already. Did it catch on in the rest of California?
Unfortunately not.
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Lynbrook
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I try to do alot of what others have already mentioned: Recycling, CF bulbs, conserve electricity, cloth shower liners instead of plastic, reuse bags/use cloth bags.

Here's my question: I'm looking to buy a house and since I'm not wealthy I'm looking at fixer-uppers. What are the best green upgrades to consider doing that won't break the bank?
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Road Warrior
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Unfortunately not.
You should be able to recycle them at the local grocery stores.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:17 AM
 
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I try to do alot of what others have already mentioned: Recycling, CF bulbs, conserve electricity, cloth shower liners instead of plastic, reuse bags/use cloth bags.

Here's my question: I'm looking to buy a house and since I'm not wealthy I'm looking at fixer-uppers. What are the best green upgrades to consider doing that won't break the bank?
Thanks for the comment on cloth shower liners. I just purchased one. I always hated those plastic ones. Upped your rep for you help here.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:23 AM
 
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I drive a lot closer to people to stay in the draft and I coast down hills!

I would suggest not driving so close. Better to use more gas than get in an accident. I know because I totalled a pickup on the L.A. freeway because I was too close, looked up at an off ramp sign for only a second, and the cars in front had stopped. It ended up being a 4 car accident, and we lost a good pickup. It could have killed a lot of people since the pickup when into the middle of the van in front.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I just recently bought the reusable grocery carriers from my market. Not only are the groceries easier to carry, but I don't have a cupboard full of bags that fall out every time I open it. I had never even thought of the benefit of gaining a whole empty cupboard. Since the older I get the more I want to purge myself of stuff, this no bag thing is very satisfying.
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:18 AM
 
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I just recently bought the reusable grocery carriers from my market. Not only are the groceries easier to carry, but I don't have a cupboard full of bags that fall out every time I open it. I had never even thought of the benefit of gaining a whole empty cupboard. Since the older I get the more I want to purge myself of stuff, this no bag thing is very satisfying.
I have two of them but don't use them because I need the plastic bags for garbage. Not sure how to get around that one.
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:17 AM
 
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Consolidate trips
garden
make big portions of food and freeze the extra it takes just as much energy
was full loads
turn off things when not in use
Use more natural cleaners when applicable, I however will not give up a bleach cleaner to clean the toilet cannot get around that one it has to be clean and all the yuckys gone
Set the thermostat on one temp and leave it there
Keep the right gage air in my tires
do oil changes on time
Just simple basic stuff
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:09 PM
 
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1. Cut down on showers
2. Stopped using deodorant and other chemical products that do nothing for your body and harm the environment.
3. Instead of dumping the dog's old water out before cleaning and refilling, instead I use it for making coffee or tea. Gets superheated anyway so kills any germs and saves water.
4. cut down on dishwashing frequency.

BTW, I am in the market for a good woman, as I am free and desireable. Any around?
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