After reading about this ‘water-efficient home in L.A.’s Mount Washington’, nothing would please me more than to keep my 1939 house “original” while incorporating solar and other energy-saving ideas. It may not be possible either technically, aesthetically or financially, so in the meantime, my roommate and I do what we can.
- Use compact fluorescent bulbs in 99% of the house. Fixtures on dimmers have regular “A” lamps.
- Take re-usable bags to the grocery store as much as our memory allows. Yes, we sometimes forget but when we do, we make sure we re-use or recycle the paper & plastic bags.
- Take shorter showers and always use our shower head shut-off valve when soaping up.
- Run the dishwasher and clothes washer when full.
- Set the clothes dryer to the ‘energy miser’ setting.
- Turn off lights when we leave a room – but we don’t go overboard and live in a dark house. At night, it’s still nice to have some ambient light even if we aren’t spending time in that room.
- Re-use dryer sheets to dust furniture with, and use micro-cloths to dust the hardwood floor.
Please send us your comments on what you do for the sake of living green.
Text by Deni Mosser