Here are three four great articles I stumbled across this week.
This blog post examines the reasons we pay more than we have to, from many perspectives. It’s no crime to pay more — but it is a wise idea to make that decision consciously, rather than falling into constant overspending.
This article isn’t a compendium of tips, but it is a thought-provoking (and wry) look at how a recession just might change our consumer-focused society for the better — and maybe let us relax. Read “How I stopped worrying and learned to love the recession.”
And here’s an excellent article and resource list for how and where to recycle a variety of odd garbage. Read “10 things to recycle that you never thought you could.”
Edited: I just saw this one, too — a look at why you don’t have to buy a bunch of stuff to have a smaller environmental footprint.
My only quibble: She says they can’t put in dimmer switches because it’s “expensive if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer.” I haven’t done this task, but looking at the how-to instructions, if you can screw in a lightbulb and put together a puzzle, you can do it! This is not legal advice, but the key information you need to have to change a light switch is MATCH THE WIRE COLORS so you don’t burn anything up. If you run into questions, call an electrician. Since it would take an electrician about 20 minutes (or less) to do this job, odds are it would cost $50 or so to do two switches.
However … do bear in mind that CFLs don’t work as well with dimmer switches (and to have them work at all, you have to purchase special bulbs). So if you’re going to use CFLs in the fixture, skip the whole lightswitch-switching and just change your bulb. That’s definitely an easy fix – and cheaper than the electrician, too.