Weekly Green Challenge (triple dose)
Posted by eemilla on November 4, 2009
With the time change and checking your smoke detectors’ batteries, you should also think about getting the car a tune up. In addition to saving gas money, routine maintenance will either help you over the 200,000 mile threshold or help you get a better trade-in credit. Of course keeping the air filter and oil changed is important, but also be sure to have the tires rotated and their pressure checked. Proper tire inflation helps with their wear and your gas mileage.
Our household is into our sixty-second week of being a one car household! With our one year milestone and our return from walking hilly San Francisco, we decided to park the car one day a week. If you have public transit, use it! Not only will it reduce your footprint, but you are also providing a good job to someone in your community and decreasing the congestion for someone else.
This week’s challenge to have zero food waste is second nature for me, thanks to my mom’s super frugal habits. Dinners’ leftovers became either lunch or a late night snack, and I carry on the tradition in our home. If I don’t eat it, my husband will most likely throw it in a burrito wrapper with cheese to finish it off. My biggest problem with food waste are those ingredients I buy to make special recipes then fail to incorporate into our weekly meal plans. This week I have a portion of cream cheese left over from the super awesome peanut butter chocolate cake I made for our wedding anniversary, but other recipes include my favorite golden sesame tofu that leaves me with pineapple juice or the plethora of recipes that call for just egg whites or egg yolks.
Regarding the reclaimed or recycled challenge, I did go for Marcal’s Small Steps because it was half the cost of the Seventh Generation pack, and I don’t mind it (and my honey hasn’t complained yet either). Thanks for your thoughts!