We are moving in just over a week! I’ve been having mixed emotions about it, so last night, my boyfriend and I had a “date night”. I finally got to dine at Waverly Inn (it is right around the corner from us, but we never made reservations) and enjoyed the chicken pot pie. It was the perfect night because the weather has been chilly and rainy, which fits in great with the look of the restaurant. Afterwards, we watched Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth“. I had seen him on Oprah, so I knew most of the facts, but watching the DVD made me wonder how I could incorporate greener living into our lives. Since I am about to move, I feel like I have the opportunity to have a fresh start to living a green lifestyle, but these changes can be made at any time. Many magazines have green issues and there is a ton of information on the internet that helps us all make green living a part of our everyday lives.
I was excited when I found the company EarthFriendlyMoving; however, they currently only operate in Orange County and Long Beach, CA. They plan to be nation wide within the next three years, which I think will be outstanding. EarthFriendlyMoving is a DIY packing company that offers zero waste moving solutions. Everyone should check out their site to see their process (pictured above). They eliminate the use of cardboard boxes by renting out RecoPacks, which were made from hard-to-recycle plastics. The amazing part is that they produce eco-friendly packaging materials, as well as deliver and pick-up the RecoPacks in vegetable oil powered trucks. The service costs only about a dollar per box for one week, which is less expensive than buying a cardboard version.
At the end of the movie, there are some tips and one is to see if your power company offers green power, which is electricity produced from natural sources. This month’s issue of Domino magazine suggests visiting the U.S. Department of Energy’s website to see what is available in your state.
Some of Al’s other suggestions from the Oprah show include switching to Energy Star appliances and compact fluorescent light bulbs, set your thermostat with a timer so that air is not wasted when you aren’t home, change the filter on your air conditioner regularly, and wrap your hot water heater in a special blanket that you can pick up at a hardware store.
You can visit a site such as www.carbonfootprint.com to calculate the annual carbon emissions that you are responsible for. The goal is to lower your emissions and then to offset the rest by doing things such as help to plant trees, so that you become neutral.