Napanoch couple makes being frugal as enjoyable as
burning through wads of cash
By Dan Barton
April 2009 Ulster
EXCERPTF FROM ARTICLE:
JOE BEVILACQUA'S 50 WAYS
OF LIVING MORE SUSTAINABLY
1. Drive a Honda Insight hybrid, which gets 60 to
2. Live in a small, 1,100-square foot house.
3. Cook most meals fresh at home, no microwave.
4. Eat vegetarian at home and compost food scraps
and uneaten leftovers.
5. Produce very little garbage and take it to the
6. Rake our leaves into the compost.
7. Have a small but prolific organic garden that
feeds us all summer.
8. Process and store the rest of the garden's bounty
in a large freezer in our basement.
9. Grow nearly every kind of vegetable.
10. Grow many kinds of herbs in the garden and around
our 3-acre property, and hang and dry the herbs inside our house.
11. Buy very little packaged or processed foods.
12. Buy dry foods such as beans and grains in bulk.
13. Hand grind coffee beans.
14. Designed the inside of the house for maximum
exercise, including a hatch with weights and pulley to go to the
basement, and pipes bolted to the ceiling for a chin-up bar.
15. Hike and run with our dogs in the woods.
16. Heat with a wood stove, which we can cook on,
17. Turn down the water heater.
18. Have a small, efficient refrigerator.
19. Air dry (hang our clothes) outside in the summer,
inside in the winter, and have no dryer.
20. Hand wash dishes. Have no dishwasher.
21. Have no fully working stove, cook mostly in
a small convection oven.
22. Have our dogs eat a vegan food mix.
23. Use recycled wood for cat litter.
24. Cook outdoors in a solar oven all summer.
25. Have fruit trees -- peaches, cherries.
26. Pick wild raspberries, blueberries, scallions
on our property, and acres of woods behind.
27. Only mow a small part of our yard, let the rest
28. Have a lot of plants in the house, creates oxygen,
natural air cleaner.
29. Ride bikes into town in the summer, about 4
miles one way.
30. Ride a stationary bike indoors in the winter.
31. Buy clothes at thrift stores.
32. Organize errands to save trips.
33. Use compact fluorescent bulbs and LED lights.
34. Turn off lights when we are not in a room.
35. Keep electronics (TV, etc.) on a power strip
and turn it off when not in use.
36. Have a small TV that uses less power.
37. Use a bidet instead of toilet paper.
38. My wife uses reusable, washable cotton pads
and a rubber cup instead of tampons.
39. I shave with an old-fashioned, double-edged
safety razor. No better shave, very inexpensive, no plastic disposables,
no four and five blade razors.
40. Make fresh soy milk and tofu, with a soy milk
machine, from bulk soy beans.
41. Cook rice and other grains in a rice cooker,
saves time, keeps food ready anytime.
42. Bake bread from scratch.
43. Only use orange oil, vinegar to clean the house.
44. Winterized the house.
45. High ceilings, ceiling fans, open floor plan.
46. Use passive solar techniques -- skylights with
shades, large windows on southern exposure.
47. Added reflective film to south facing windows.
48. Sewed mylar to back of curtains on south side,
which keeps cold out, heat in in the winter, and the opposite in
49. Be multi-talented; have many diverse skills--just
like our garden, we do not "mono-crop" how we can make
a living. If one job ends, it is easier to find work in another
area. I currently make a living writing and editing books; writing
articles for newspapers and magazines; writing, directing and acting
in stage plays; drawing cartoons; illustrating books; writing technical
manuals; writing, producing, directing and acting in radio dramas;
reading/recording audio books; reporting for public radio magazines;
teaching broadcasting and public speaking on the college level;
doing publicity and PR for a variety of clients and more.
50. We shop locally and support local businesses
over big corporations, which saves fuel and helps the community.