Here are two more tips to help you "tend" the land that has been provided for us....it may also save you some money too!
Tip #7- don't wash your dishes. Seriously. Let your dishwasher do the work. Dishwashers use less water than the average hand washer...we tend to use a lot of water in the rinsing process....and some let the water run during the washing process too! However, big stuff likes pots and pans can fill up your dishwasher quickly and cause you to run it more frequently, so hand wash those (being conscious of your water usage) but leave the small stuff to the machine.
Tip #8- Use a laptop computer if you don't require the memory or computing power of a desktop to run programs you use. Laptops use less energy and often produce less heat...meaning it's less of a strain on your A/C unit too! Also, setting your computer to "hibernate" or "sleep" overnight can help to conserve energy, and the computer should 'reboot' quickly...and you can leave applications open and it will bring them back just as you left them.
Last two posts tomorrow. Now I've got to see why one of the fire alarms started chirping outside my room...I usually cause these things to get worse.