It’s oh so easy being GREEN!

Kermit is finding himself fashionable during the push for everyone to go green. Even his theme song can be revised to fit the trend of the times.

It’s oh so easy being green;
Getting to spend each day the color of the leaves.
I don’t think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold…
or something much more colorful like that.

It’s oh so easy being green.
You blend in with so many extraord’nary things.
And people think you’re cool ’cause you’re
not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
or stars in the sky.

WOW! green’s the color of growth.
And green can be safe and eco-friendly.
And green can be the color of money, a square foot garden,
or a juicy fresh-cut lime.

Yes, green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
Thank God, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful!
And I know it’s what I want to be.

Green Transfusion

I’m finding more and more, I am green. I’d like to say it’s all because I’m environmentally conscious but that isn’t the only reason. It also saves money and aren’t we all interested in getting more bang for our buck? There are several things I’ve done (and continued doing) this summer that have cut down on the bills.

My dryer has been on the fritz for just about forever. I’ve been utilizing the clothesline to dry my clothes. I heard about neighborhoods that have a “no hang” regulation but that isn’t true in mine, thank goodness. And the clothes smell so good and crawling between those fresh sheets is great!

Fewer lights are used in the house and when my incandescents burn out, I replace them with fluorescents. THEN I read that fluorescents don’t contribute to health. And they don’t last nearly as long as the package says they’re supposed to. My next step will be LEDs. I got some but they are so weak, the only thing they might be good for is nightlights. I need to get some good ones. They’re pretty pricey. The ones I’m looking at now are on Amazon. If you type LED bulbs in the search box in the right column you can see the wide assortment offered.

I turn off my TV and DVR whenever I’m not actively watching something. During “Tech Bytes” this morning, I learned about a Microsoft site dedicated to the environment and a program called “Edison” that can control the power usage of your PC. I’ve downloaded and installed Ed. We’ll see how that helps. I already put my computer on standby during the day. It updates at night when I’m asleep.

(Note about Edison: It’s a cute little program but it doesn’t do much more than the power saving settings on Windows will to begin with. It adds another icon to the taskbar that goes along with the concept of going green so I think I’ll leave it just for that.)

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, since I’ve been eating raw food I have a greater tolerance for temperature extremes. It’s been up in the 90’s but I’ve run my air conditioner so little my electric bill was the lowest last month it’s been for years—and the rates have increased! The last three days, I’ve had it on probably a total of three hours. My waterbed helps at night. I have it unplugged and the coolness of the mattress comes through the insulating layers enough to make me comfortable. That doesn’t cost a red cent and it is non-polluting.

Have you heard about all the billions of miles Americans have traveled less since May of this year? I’m one of the people who helped with that number. I have to go to work. That’s 20 miles a day. I have to go to the bank and get the mail. That’s another 2.3 miles a day. When I take the outgoing mail, it’s on my way out of town so that’s no additional mileage. I’ve cut out my weekly trips to the organic and Asian markets for a saving of, say, 85 miles. I go to my hometown on Sundays (usually) to buy the food I can’t get during the week. That’s 20 miles. I go to church every Sabbath, add 18 miles. That totals (if I added right) close to 150 miles a week. I can easily go two weeks on a tank of gas. What used to cost me $15 now costs $35 but it’s still a lot less than the gas guzzlers take that are parked all around me.

When I bought my little Honda Civic back in June, 2000, I wanted it because the brand has a reputation for being reliable. I insisted on a manual five speed transmission simply because I prefer to shift gears myself. I’ve had both automatics and otherwise and I like otherwise. That’s just the way I am. It has worked in my favor because it isn’t only more fun to drive, it gets better mileage. The dealer had to go over 100 miles away to find it in the right color and five speeds ahead and one reverse but I got what is still sitting in my driveway.

My car brings up another thing—pollution. One way I’m contributing to cutting down on dirty air is by planting my Square Foot Garden. Granted, it’s small but every little bit helps. It’s a plus, too, that it doesn’t take any gas-powered equipment to maintain it.

The last thing I’ll list tonight is eating raw food. Do you know cooking accounts for about 90 percent of all household energy consumption in developing countries? I found that in this article. All that money being spent to kill vitamins could be saved and the greenhouse effect would be reduced, too. Health would improve. There could be all sorts of positive side effects if more people did less cooking. You’d think with all the good fresh food around in the summer there would be less kitchen activity but it’s a regular beehive in lots of homes with canning and freezing of the bounty.

If I concentrated, I could find more ways I’m saving the world and my bank account but it’s your turn to tell me what you’re doing to help.

6 Responses to It’s oh so easy being GREEN!

  1. Lila August 8, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    Bet the people at the Asian market really miss you! You were a good customer – no doubt one of their best.

  2. Tommie August 8, 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    You’re prolly right about that. When I do go in, it’s like I’m a long-lost member of the family. They are so nice. I miss being able to go but it does make life easier.

    Thanks for leaving a comment! It’s not so hard, is it?

  3. susan August 9, 2008 at 5:04 am #

    Okay — Tommie —– I’ve been reading all your postings and have not been leaving any comments lately — sorry — I am just reading and not ‘inter-acting’ with you 🙁

    No, it is not hard at all to leave a comment – I’ve just been ‘lazy’ about it – once again, I apologize to you!

    I can tell you the many things that I am doing to save the world in my own personal way, but do you really want that long list?!??

  4. Tommie August 9, 2008 at 8:34 am #

    Lila is one of my four sisters and I’ve been trying to convince them that it’s easier or just as easy to leave comments rather than e-mailing them to me. I about fell over when I saw she’d actually done it!

    Yes, I’d like to have your list. I think we could all benefit from each other’s ideas. What one of us is doing could multiply if each person put at least some of the changes into practice. And, inevitably, there will be those “AHA!” moments. We all can’t conceivably do everything but we can all find something that’s falling-off-a-log easy and just as natural to do as what we’re doing now.

  5. Zucchini Breath February 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    I don’t have a list but one big thing is:

    I don’t use any commercial cleaners, on my house or body!

    They are full of chemicals and toxins that aren’t good for the environment or for my health and it is my opinion that most contribute to cancer. Just look at the words on the containers, they all have huge warnings about how dangerous they are! I don’t want that stuff anywhere near myself my precious kitties!

    Laundry soap is cheap and easy to make from borax and bar soap ends (i buy bar soap ends from the health food store, all natural and $1.69 a lub 🙂 , I use borax in the dishwasher, baking soda and vinegar clean just about everything else in the house, including my hair. I dry brush and wash my face and body with water only and moisturize with olive or coconut oil.
    If I’m feeling extra dirty, like after gardening or cleaning the garage, I will wash up with Dr Bronner’s .

    I think stopping chemical use is a very big step toward a greener world. It can start on a very small level. With us. If more people would get off the daily treadmill of toxic commercial household cleansers and cosmetics it would be a truly cleaner world, for sure.

    • Tommie February 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

      I wash clothes (now) in nothing but baking soda and rinse with white vinegar. My hair gets washed in water only except now and then when I use baking soda on it, too. I shower with water only and use friction to clean my skin. I seldom need to use anything on my skin—soap is what dries it—but when I do, my moisturizer of choice is organic cold pressed coconut oil.

      Thanks for what you do! Like you say, we can start small. A lot of people may put it off because they want to do everything at once.

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