The infrastructure piece of this challenge is probably the easiest part of this diet for us. Our house is fairly new, so our appliances are green-certified, windows and doors are well sealed, and our water heater is insulated. The trickier part for all of us, as with every other challenge, is the behavior change. The girls are actually quite good when it comes to conserving around the house. They understand that lights need to be turned off and we don’t leave the TV on. These are things we have taught them from an early age.
Our house has no shortage of things plugged into the walls to charge, play or stream. Remembering to walk around and unplug them could be a full-time job. What I have done is disconnected appliances that are not used on a daily basis, and make sure to not leave my cell phone charger plugged in when not in use. I do have a solution for other outlets where electronics that are used daily are plugged in, but will save this story for my next post.
We probably have 20 can lights in our ceiling. I have slowly been replacing these with CFLs as they burn out. Over the last year we have converted all of our bulbs. They claim to have this everlasting life, but i have not found that to always be the case. They do last longer than the traditional bulb but we have not had any last as long as packaging claims.
An area that does not seem feasible for us is to hang dry our clothes. One reason is that we are in the middle of winter and the second is that we have nowhere to actually do it.
Overall our house is not an area that over-consumes and with a few slight adjustments, we can optimize it even more.