Well, how are we doing with topics brought up here or at 400 Days ’til 4o? I know that different programs for recycling are available in different places; ours has improved drastically in the last few years so that cuts down a lot what goes to the landfill. We even have charitable organizations that make house calls to pick up donations for them to sell. If you have usable items that you don’t want anymore call your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Vietnam Vets; they pick up here. And there’s always donation boxes everywhere but they can’t take big items like furniture.
One great thing that’s fairly new here is utility companies sponsor or provide (I think they contract) people to come to your home and see how energy efficient it is. We paid $75 and they replaced regular old incandescent light bulbs with more efficient ones that were worth more than $75. We also got a $50 Home Depot gift card. They checked our insulation and the way the house is built, we couldn’t take any more insulation anywhere. Our windows we already had replaced and now, nothing comes in or goes out when they’re closed. The contractors caulked and weather sealed. I don’t remember (come to think of it I didn’t see) how they attached this red plastic unit with a big (probably 24 inch diameter) fan in it on our front door with the solid door and the storm door open. With their instruments and gauges they measured how “tight” the house is. With the new windows, it’s really good, so no waste of natural gas usage due to leaks. The duct-work all passed inspection and we have mostly newer energy star rated appliances (we’ve been here 35 years so we’re had to replace a lot), the dishwasher will probably be next and the (ouch) furnace. We definitely got more than our money’s worth so it’s worth looking into where you live.
I’d love to hear from you all as to what you do to save money and energy.