ONE SUSTAINABLE THING
How it works:
You could pledge to
— reduce your electric bill by 20 percent
— caulk and weatherstrip your windows and doors
— put an energy-efficient wrap around your hot water heater (or switch to tankless "on-demand"!)
— plug your appliances and computers into power strips and turn them off when not in use
— dry your clothes on the line instead of in the dryer
— get a low-flow and "off-on" style showerhead to save water
— install a programmable thermostat and set your heat back when sleeping or not at home
— start a garden or share in someone else's
— start canning some of that produce from your garden
— save and share seeds
— collect rainwater to use on your garden -- or in your home
— use a compost pail to recycle food scraps and build a compost pile in your backyard
— stop buying water in plastic bottles
— use washable diapers and feminine products
— switch to LED lights in as many places as possible
— use your car less; walk, bike and combine trips
— carpool to work or anywhere
— downsize to a more fuel efficient vehicle
— make your own holiday gifts, from the heart
— turn off the lights in rooms and areas not being used
— remove unnecessary outdoor lighting - turn it off when not needed
— buy local foods, in season, and reap the health benefits
— shop at your local farmer’s market, ask where your food comes from
— buy less stuff, have a buy nothing day each week
— use only organic fertilizers on lawn and garden; or, remove lawn - plant ground cover
— switch to wood or grass pellet heat
— turn off your TV for an hour or more a day
— fix things rather than buying them new, even if it's not "worth it"!
— install a solar electric or hot water system (buy "used! It's cheaper!)
— cook more from scratch, eat less processed food
— read the labels on purchased food, don't buy it if you can't spell it
For every pledge we receive, a green leaf is added to our Sustainability Tree!
We started with a bare tree in the Spring of 2010
and plan to have 1,000 pledges this year!
Send your Pledge along with your name, phone number, town, and email address to:
Please note OST in the Subject line.
Interested in going all the way with this idea?
Here's an article from some folks who live WELL on less than $5,000 per year!
They include 75 Tips on ways to live lightly on the cheap!
There are some folks right here locally (including some of the SLP organizers!)
who live similarly low-income, high-prosperity lifestyles!
It CAN be done, and the St. Lawrence River Valley is a wonderful place to do it!