But it’s time. I’m unplugging my humidifier and putting it away until Day 366 — thus saving electricity and water (granted, not a lot of either, but it’s something). Yet again, it’s a move that will be easy enough now but surely kill me come January ’08 when Canadian Winter descends once more. Maybe global warming will make it a mild one, at least … my bone-dry fingers are crossed!
Welcome to Green as a Thistle. My name is Vanessa, I'm a journalist at the National Post, based in Toronto.
When I saw the documentary An Inconven— no, just kidding. Now that organic is the new bl— OK, no, seriously now. In short, this blog began somewhere between guilt and earnestness, between dissing Stéphane Dion's dog (named Kyoto) and finding myself amongst a group of eco-hipsters drinking hemp beer at an anti-styrofoam party.
I decided to take on a bit of a challenge: Spend each day, for an entire calendar year, doing one thing that betters the environment. The idea was that everything I did, I kept doing (so if I switched brands, it was a permanent switch; if I turned down my thermostat, I kept it down), so that by day 365, I'd be living as green a lifestyle as it gets.
It was a gruelling year, but in the end, it proved that being an environmentalist doesn't necessarily mean being a smug hippie, nor does it have to mean compromising aesthetic values or good wine. You can read more about what I learned in my book, Sleeping Naked is Green, or just keep reading this here blog. Now, I'm mostly writing about whatever the heck pops into my head (isn't that a novel concept for a blog?).
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Sometimes, this city drives me crazy — there aren’t enough bike lanes, the public transit system is a mess and we’ve even banned kite-flying in one of our parks! And yet, every now and then, Toronto gets it right. The most recent example is here below, for your viewing pleasure:
I’ve seen sites that say adding a humidifier can actually save energy because it makes your house feel warmer in the winter (here’s one: http://www.homerenovationguide.com/pages/ten.htm – about halfway down) but you’re probably right to turn it off in the summertime.
I only started reading your book yesterday so I don’t know if you found a solution for humidity. I would suggest that instead of drying your clothes in the dryer try puting them on top of your heater and let them dry naturaly. You humidify your house and save energy because dryers waste a lot of energy. Lots! In the summer there’s no reason to use the dryer.
is this an official wordpress theme? your blog looks great!
insted of using a humidifier you could just put a small bowl of water on top of your heater in the room. But when you dry your clothes inside (how JP wrote)and you have enough plants, it is not necessary to bring extra humidity in your room.
Growing lots of indoor plants has many advantages. 1) purifies air minimizing indoor air pollution 2) for the obvious reasons of growing a plant 3) plants tend to lower stress levels and 3) they help maintain indoor humidity levels!!