Green Tip #32: Discount Socks


I have quite a collection of socks: dress socks, wool socks, fuzzy socks, tow socks, low-rise socks for flats, heavy duty arctic expedition socks, etc. We live in a four season country so I am ready for any occasion! Now I usually get socks on sale or as gifts. However when I was a student I discovered an unlikely place to find good discount socks ... the dollar store! I was in the Dollar Store one day getting some supplies on my student budget and came across socks. I needed some new ones at the time and so figured I…

How to Install a Low Flow Toilet


This weekend I completed the final house upgrade for our ecoEnergy Retrofit: do it yourself low flow toilet installation.  We had already paid someone to insulate our basement and interior walls.  But I like to try to do some things myself so after insulating our attic on my own I figured I should at least explore how difficult it would be to install a low flow toilet.  After a quick search on the Internet I was pleased to discover how easy it would be to install a low flow toilet.  I was convinced - I would install both of our…

Green Tip #31: Green Dog Waste Bags


Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking our dog for a good romp in a nearby park. She got to meet lots of people and new dogs and best of all run around in a big open field. This time of year this park is used for dog walkers, cross country skiers, snowshoers, joggers, etc. so when our dog has to do her business I am sure to always have green dog waste bags (biodegradable) on hand. I buy ours in packages of 48 at the dollar store for $1.00. These green dog waste bags are biodegradable and just the…

Green Tip #30: Shop at your Local Farmers Market


Mrs. SPF and I really enjoy our Saturday morning trip to our local Farmer's Market.  For a city our size we have a substantial market that runs every Saturday morning at the local arena.  During the winter months there are about 40-50 vendors and when spring and summer arrive this number balloons to well over 100 vendors.  Farmers from the region rise well before dawn to set up their booths which display locally produced fruits, vegetables and other delicacies like maple syrup, cheese, herbs and plants. Shopping at our farmers market does not always save us money.  Honestly, the items…

Green Tip #29: Frozen Orange Juice


I love orange juice! I must have a glass every morning or my day doesn't seem to go right.  Growing up we always bought frozen orange juice in a can, thawed it overnight and mixed it with water for juice in the morning. Sustainable PF and I have carried on with this practice. Why? The main reason is that its cheaper. A can of juice usually costs about $1.89 at the very most (and we usually stock up when they are on sale for $1.00) whereas a carton of juice will cost you at least $2.50-$5.00. The other reason we…

Green Tip #28: Envelopes over Custom Notepads


I am a list person, always have been and always will be. I get this from my Dad. But what I also get from my Dad is an innovative idea on where to jot down my lists: old envelopes! I know alot of us do online banking these days and some send e-cards but still I'm sure everyone still gets envelopes in the mail sometimes, I know we do. And so I use an envelope, big or small, plain or colourful to write my grocery lists, to-do lists, present ideas, etc. Best thing is they are free and they are…