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From the April 2009 issue of Ulster Publising's Kingston Time, New Platz Times and Woodstock Times.

Joe Bevilacqua: Lean & Green
Napanoch couple makes being frugal as enjoyable as burning through wads of cash

By Dan Barton
April 2009 Ulster Publishing Newspapers

 

EXCERPTF FROM ARTICLE:
JOE BEVILACQUA'S 50 WAYS
OF LIVING MORE SUSTAINABLY

1. Drive a Honda Insight hybrid, which gets 60 to 70 mpg.

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 dump ourselves.

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, too.

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 go natural.

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 the summer.

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.

 

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listen here: Living within your means as a choice

 

ESSAYS
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COLUMNS

Notes from Napanoch
publish in the Ellenville Journal

"Liquid Comedy"

"Dennis Fanton"

"The Transfer Station "

"Dorian Lennert-Shank" part two

"Marion the Librarian" part two - part three
LISTEN TO: "Marion the Librarian", 08:47
...in Marion's own words, set to the song
"Marian the Librarian" from "The Music Man"
http://www.prx.org/pieces/23128

"A Valentine from Graham Nash's MAC"
LISTEN TO: "A Valentine From Graham Nash's MAC", 10:07, Added 1-10-08 The true story of how Joe Bevilacqua met his wife because of Graham Nash's laptop

"The Christmas I Saved Macy's"
LISTEN TO: "The Christmas I Saved Macy's", 04:18
This is a true story that happened to me Christmas of 1964 at Bamberger's in Newark, NJ, when I was three!

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