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Do you compost?
I haven't been able to because I run a Daycare (and the state frowns on compost bins in the yard), but will be able to this year, thanks to the new fencing.

Do you buy from local farmers & is it cheaper?
When I can and what I can. Locally there isn't much grown besides berries. Everything else is trucked in to the farmstand from neighboring states. I grow my own as well.

Do you drink refill a sports bottle with water or buy bottled water?
I don't buy bottled water, and I use a washable cup. Bottles eventually get disposed of and fill landfills.

Do you have energy star appliances?
Yes

Do you pre-rinse items before putting in the dishwasher?
Even though I have a dishwasher, I hand wash. I use the racks in the dishwasher as drying racks. I had stopped using the machine as a TEST of sorts, to see what I would save. When the power bill came back $50 less, 3 months in a row, I lost the need for a dishwasher entirely.

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1/16/11 8:09 A

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If this is the gauge for "greenness," my kitchen is most decidedly not green. emoticon

I do not compost. I have no place to compost, as I live in a second floor apartment on very little property. I started keeping compostable stuff for a friend years ago, but he never picked it up, and it started smelling really, really bad and I had to trash it.

I do buy from local farmers on occasion in season. But, no, it is not cheaper.

It's not a sports bottle, but I do have a bottle I sometimes refill with water. I very rarely buy bottled water. Most of the time, I drink other stuff...bad, I know...really bad.

I don't know what I have for appliances as far as energy ratings. They came with the apartment.

I don't have a dishwasher, so I do not prerinse. But neither do I run a dishwasher (to me, that takes more energy than washing by hand, but what do I know?).

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1/16/11 1:51 A

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Do you compost? No. We have a very small yard with no space for a compost bin. The thought of a worm farm in my tiny kitchen is gross.

Do you buy from local farmers and is it cheaper? Iíve always bought local during our short growing season. The food was much cheaper before buying local became popular. We go to local U-Pick fruit farms. Fruit is very inexpensive but time consuming. One farmerís market stays open year round. Eggs are $.50 cents more than at the supermarket, but they taste much better.

Do you refill a sports bottle or buy bottled water? Refill a thermos bottle. We have a reverse osmosis filter for our fridge and kitchen sink.

Do you have energy star appliances? Yes.

Do you pre-rinse items before putting them in the dishwasher? Yes. There are just two of us so we run a full dishwasher a couple of times a week. Dried food doesnít come off. I fill the sink with water at meal times to give the dishes a quick rinse.


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1/15/11 4:04 P

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Do you compost? No, I live in a highly urbanized area and that's not feasible. I checked into worm composting; just not my cup of tea right now.

Do you buy from local farmers & is it cheaper? We do during the summer, but it's not always cheaper because we have to buy a larger quantity. Plus "local farmers" is a slippery term; some of the vendors are hours away from where we live.

Do you drink refill a sports bottle with water or buy bottled water? We use Brita filters for our water. I only buy bottled water when it's essential and I bring the bottle home for recycling.

Do you have energy star appliances? Mostly, still have an old washer that's hanging in there.

Do you pre-rinse items before putting in the dishwasher? I don't, but my husband does.

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Do you compost?
when we are in NC I do

Do you buy from local farmers & is it cheaper?
yes I do and sometimes it is, but it is a lot tastier.

Do you drink refill a sports bottle with water or buy bottled water?
refill

Do you have energy star appliances?
Most of them are

Do you pre-rinse items before putting in the dishwasher?
Sometimes, depends on what it was used for.

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1/15/11 3:56 P

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Compost - yes
Local Farmers - no
Reusable bottles - yes bottled water - no
Energy star appliances - depends on their age. The ones we've bought are the ones that came with the house - who knows.
Pre-rinse items - depends on the item. Some things I have to.

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1/15/11 2:06 P

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Do you compost? Yes, I have a bin and a worm farm

Do you buy from local farmers & is it cheaper? I have a garden and of course its organic. Our local farmer's market doesn't really carry a lot of produce. I have found when I go to other farmers markets that a lot of it isn't organically grown. I will always talk to the person selling it to get a feel for their farming practices

Do you drink refill a sports bottle with water or buy bottled water? I have the best well water in the world


Do you have energy star appliances? Yes

Do you pre-rinse items before putting in the dishwasher? When necessary I do. I have the strainers in my sink to catch the food residue which goes into the worm bin.

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1/15/11 12:58 P

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Do you compost? No, but, I use compost from a friend that does.

Do you buy from local farmers & is it cheaper? Yes and it is cheaper. I also have my own garden also.

Do you drink refill a sports bottle with water or buy bottled water? Hubby likes to buy bottle water.


Do you have energy star appliances? yes

Do you pre-rinse items before putting in the dishwasher? No, no need to.

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1/15/11 12:50 P

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Do you compost?
- Yes

Do you buy from local farmers & is it cheaper?
Yes and NO not cheaper.
Do you drink refill a sports bottle with water YES
(Brita filters)

Do you have energy star appliances?
-YES
Do you pre-rinse items before putting in the dishwasher?
YES i DO.......


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1/15/11 12:37 P

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No garden -- although I would make use of it, if I had one.

The dishwasher is Me, and I don't have time to do them that often, so I guess that saves water.

I now use Baking Soda and/or White Vinegar for a lot of kitchen/bathroom/laundry cleaning.
In fact, I tried the baking soda/white vinegar/hot water method for unclogging the bathroom drains (plural -- both drains at the same time) and it worked!
I haven't been able to try any Lavender water solutions because I can't find the leaves in any of the health stores.

At the moment, I'm baking dog treats.

I have to admit that I'm always interested in trying "green" solutions, but I didn't find the time to actually do many of them until my budget was severely cut.

BTW, there's a movement here to get people to stop buying bottled water, not just because of the ridiculously high cost.
Most of the bottles contain a type of plastic which corrupts the purity of the water, especially if the water bottle is frozen beforehand.
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1/15/11 12:09 P

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dishwasher is energy star.



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1/15/11 10:49 A

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Do you compost?
Of course! Think I'd send all that potential fertilizer and soil enhancer to the dump?

Do you buy from local farmers & is it cheaper?
We buy a 1/4 of a steer every year because we know how it was raised. The cost is about the same as grocery store/factory-farmed beef. We also go to the farmers' markets in the summer, but we found out some of them aren't organic, so we're very careful who we buy from.

Do you drink refill a sports bottle with water or buy bottled water?
I buy bottled water sometimes when we fly, but that's about it. I was going to buy a bottle at the Y the other day, but it was $1.75 and I thought that was just insane.

Do you have energy star appliances?
Yes, we do.

Do you pre-rinse items before putting in the dishwasher?
I AM the dishwasher. I'll admit that I lightly rinse the dishes before washing, but in the summer I try to remember to dump the dishwater on the plants outside. I can do this safely because I buy natural dishwashing liquid by the case (they give me a discount that way).



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1/15/11 9:32 A

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Do you compost?
- Yes. Also use a worm farm.

Do you buy from local farmers & is it cheaper?
- Yes and yes. The market operates all year round. My pet peeve is that stallholders are not required to identify origin of produce. So some disreputable farmers 'supplement' what they are selling with stuff that was grown elsewhere. There's a difference between 35km and 3500km and I'm not happy about it.

Do you drink refill a sports bottle with water or buy bottled water?
- Refill, yo!

Do you have energy star appliances?
- Don't understand the question.

Do you pre-rinse items before putting in the dishwasher?
- Don't have a dishwasher. Yes I have seen recent studies that claim dishwashers are in fact more efficient than handwashing BUT I doubt the veracity of such claims, especially for a single person. I have never liked dishwashers and have no plans to get one.

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Do you compost?
Not in the winter but once the snow is gone I do. I have two bins and I let one of my boxes rest each year and I do the lasagna method in the box!

Do you buy from local farmers & is it cheaper?
I have a store that purchases from the locals and I buy from him. Again because of where I live it is mainly in the summer. On Saturday's in the summer we have an open air market, farmer's market, that we can go to but the parking is HORRIBLE so I only go with my daughter.

Do you drink refill a sports bottle with water or buy bottled water?
I do not buy much bottled water, have a Brita. I walk with my bottles and refill all the time. (Due to a kidney issue I am to drink 3-4 liters of water a day.)

Do you have energy star appliances?
Only one at the moment, I need a new fridge.

Do you pre-rinse items before putting in the dishwasher?
Don't have a dishwasher.

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I do some of these things but could do ALOT better.

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Sometimes, living a GREEN lifestyle seems more expensive. But that is not always the case.

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