Transition Challenge Action Ideas (Limited Budget or Space)

On a Budget

  • Hang a clothes line
  • Turn down your thermostat and put on a sweater — it makes a big difference over a whole winter!
  • Commit to walking or biking — it’s good for you and good for the planet
  • Redirect an available waste stream — paper to worms, food waste to compost, cardboard to sheet mulch
  • Reskill and learn to Do-It-Yourself — YouTube is an excellent resource!
  • Dig earthworks to slow, spread and sink rain water around your plants
  • Pee outside to save water and fertilize your trees — use tasteful judgment and be sure spread it around!
  • Dust off refrigerator coils to save energy by increasing efficiency
  • New to you — save resources and loads of money by buying second hand goods
  • Buy fresh produce and bulk goods — it’s healthier, produces less packaging and usually cost less
  • Use off-peak — do laundry and other high-energy activities in the morning or at night when demand on the grid is low and power is cheaper
  • Cut back on your meat consumption to reduce your energy footprint and save money

 Apartments and Limited Space

  • Plant in containers — utilize windowsills and hanging space
  • Get a plot in a community garden or garden share
  • Grow air purifying house plants
  • Utilize vertical growing space with vining plants like beans, peas, cucumbers, hardy kiwi, maypop  
  • Install low flow water fixtures
  • Take shorter showers, and showers instead of baths
  • Use a bucket to catch water while the shower is heating and use it to flush toilets or water plants
  • Keep it clean — switch to biodegradable, non-toxic soaps and cleaning products
  • Cut back on your meat consumption to reduce your energy footprint and save money
  • Unplug and tune-in to Nature
  • Go reusable — water bottle, coffee or tea mug, food containers, shopping bags and diapers
  • Buy fresh produce and bulk goods — it’s healthier, produces less packaging and usually cost less
  • Install a programmable thermostat and set it comfortably high in summer and comfortably low in winter — put on a sweater!
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • When washing clothes or dishes follow load guidelines—only run when the machine houses a full load.
  • Air dry dishes rather than using heated drying cycle
  • Wash clothes with cold water — it not only reduces energy used for hot water, but it’s better for your clothes 
  • Commit to walking or biking — it’s good for you and good for the earth
  • Commit to eating local — join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
  • Measure Your Ecological Footprint — try out one of the many ecological footprint calculators: My Footprint, Global Footprint Network

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