Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday FiveSpot presents... our favorite green tips!

First... a quick note of Fiver cheer to wrap up the week!

HUGE congratulations to Founding Fiver (and debut YA author) Becca Fitzpatrick for becoming a New York Times bestselling author this week! We are completely thrilled that Becca's novel, Hush, Hush, has debuted at #10 on the Children's list!!! Becca joins Founding Fiver, and fellow New York Times bestselling author, Alyson Noel on this prestigious list where Alyson's Evermore and Blue Moon (the first two books in her Immortals series) have taken the world by storm.

I LOVE when good things happen to good people, don't you??? Way to go, Becca and Alyson! We're so proud of you!!!

As you all know, Becca, Alyson, Tera, and I are all huge advocates of living a greener life. So we thought it would be fun to share our favorite strategies and solutions for going green.

What are your favorite Living Green tips? Are there any cool Living Green gadgets or techniques that you've discovered in your quest to live greener?


My favorite tips are:

  • Turning off the sprinklers on days when it rains
  • Washing clothes in cold water as often as possible
  • Finding natural ways to eliminate garden pests rather than opting for harsh chemical pesticides
  • Choosing the bike over the car


    Living in a sunny, southern climate, one of my favorite green (and money-saving) tips is to keep my blinds shut all day in the summer to keep the sun's heat out. I've even taken it to the extreme of making sure my blinds are turned up so no beams can sneak in between them. By keeping out as much sunlight as possible, it keeps my apartment a little cooler, which in turn keeps my energy usage (and my bill) down. (Though I don't have much call to do the reverse in winter, keeping your blinds open during the day will let in warmth and keep your heating to a minimum.)

    Another thing I do to save energy and keep my electric bill down is cut down on passive energy drain by my electronics. I keep my computer, tv, and accessories plugged into surge protectors. When I'm not using them or when I'm out of town, I turn off the plug bar so they don't keep sucking energy. With my phone and laptop charges, I only plug them in when I'm using them. As long as they're plugged in, they're pulling energy. It takes a while to get used to plugging and unplugging chargers, but it's a minor change with a major cumulative result.

    Next week, Alyson and I will be sharing our favorite green tips, but first... it's your turn! What are your favorite ways to go green?


    1. Congrats Becca-- I'm so happy/proud of you!!

      Tera- I'm trying to get better about unplugging my chargers--you're definitely inspiring me!

    2. Hi Ladies! We have an award for you on our blog! Check it out at

      Thanks so much for being an inspiration to all of us!

    3. Thank you so much for the blog award, Bloom! :-)