One thing Jared and I have talked about and plan to put into action this summer is reducing the amount of energy (and money) spent on air conditioning. In the typical home, 16% of the electricity used is devoted to air conditioning (up to 60-70% in hot climates). This summer we plan to turn the air conditioning off as much as possible and opening the windows. If we can avoid using it at all this summer that would be ideal, but we’ll see if Ohio weather will allow us to do so (I don’t want our big black dog to be uncomfortable after all). Plus, I think fresh air makes the house smell amazing and you can’t beat a great cross breeze in the evening.
Photo by StarsAndSkies via flickr.
I came across Evelyn Fields’ shop on a hunt for reusable unpaper towels. But she has taken reusable kitchen goods to a new and wonderful level. Not only does she carry gorgeous reusable cloth towels (pretty enough to use as napkins in a beautiful table setting) but she also carries cloth snack bags, bread bags and even coffee filters.
All of her products are made of Osnaburg which according to her blog post dates back to the 1730′s. It is unbleached, natural and is strong and absorbent.
All of her products are beautiful, well made and environmentally conscious. As a bonus, not only are you helping save some natural resources and landfill space, but if you care for them properly and use them long enough you can save money on groceries in the long run.
I’m going to be posting some of my favorite handmade green products today to celebrate Earth Day and all the little things we can do everyday to preserve the resources that we have.
Photo by Inmost Light via flickr.