I miss you. It has been a long three days without talking to you. Do you know how difficult this is for me? Just ask Danny. I talk his ear off the moment he steps in the door until I am convinced that he really is asleep and not just faking it. I love him. He bought me a hamlet this morning because it's my birthday week. :) Anyways, maybe you shouldn't believe me when I say that I'm not going to be blogging for a week. Remember Pookie's Ultimate Star Wars Party? That busy week brought on a multitude of posts encouraged by procrastinating.
I missed participating in WFMW. I did spy on several of yours. I even linked my baby wipe tutorial-- even if it was a re-run.
Energy saving tips. What? You want me to review a site that gives FREE tips on saving money with my home appliances and home energy? Heck ya! I ♥ sites like these.
I wasn't going to let the opportunity pass me by. That's why I'm back before my previously promised date of Monday.
This is Percival. I made him. You can use his cuteness too. But don't pretend you made him. I DID. and it took an insanely long time. Percival motivates me to look for ways to pinch pennies.
So, I like to be frugal and I like to be earth-conscious too. Ching. A match made in heaven.
This Microsoft Hohm site, that I now have saved to my favorites, has a plethora of graphs and calculators showing how much you spend and how much you can save.
It also, for the busy mom who doesn’t always have time to sit down and read through an entire new site, has easy-reference type pages to give you some quick tips you can start implementing in your home.
Some tips that weren’t new to me: switch from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents. We started buying the compact fluorescent bulbs (you know, the swirly ones) when we lived in the frozen north. We had a couple of light fixtures that ate light bulbs for breakfast. I was so tired of buying new bulbs and changing them out. These higher efficiency bulbs had like a five year money back guarantee on them. And darn it all! I should’ve taken them with me when I moved. They were still going strong!
One thing Danny is always saying, and I remember my dad saying growing up, “If you’re not in a room, turn off the lights!” There may have also been “Money don’t grow on trees!” and “Do you think I’m made of money?!”
I am recommitted to using a clothesline or drying rack for my cloth diapers. I regularly use a drying rack for my clothing to prolong its life. I'm going to start turning down the heater 5° at night.
I disclose that if you visit Microsoft Hohm for yourself, you may not have the same experience as me. You may end up saving even more money. You see, right now, living on base, I do not pay my own utility bills. I do, however, want there to be a nice environment with a gracious ozone layer for my children and grandchildren in the future. And one day, maybe sooner than later, I will have my own home. Then I will be able to implement even more of these tips to save me money.
Go check it out for yourself. You won’t regret it.
This post is linked to Thrifty Thursday, Thifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville, and Frugalicious Friday.