Many families are trying in incorporate one or two “green” habits into their daily lives, but several families in California have decided to go completely green for an entire year.
Eleanor Casto is only 8 weeks old, but already she is going green. Her diapers will not make it to a landfill, instead they can be flushed down the toilet.
The window shades in her room are energy efficient to help with insulation. Even her lamp is powered by a compact fluorescent bulb.
“I think the habits we get from our parents stay with us, so if she learns to be energy efficient it's not like she'll feel like she's sacrificing things she wants,” says Eleanor’s mother, Julia Casto.
The Casto family is participating in the "Green Families Program" in San Jose. For the next year, they will do their best to help the environment.
Marc changed all the light bulbs in the home to compact fluorescent bulbs.
"It's so surprisingly easy to change bulbs, it just takes a couple of hours over the weekend and the savings is tremendous as a result,” said Marc Casto
In the kitchen, instead of heating up their oven, they use their toaster oven to conserve energy. Their cleaning products are all biodegradable.
Even when the Casto family goes shopping they bring their own re-usable bags.
They installed carpeting in squares so if they get a stain they do not have to replace the rug in the entire room.
And in their backyard, they replaced the lawn with special landscaping that requires very little water.
Even some of Eleanor's clothing is organic.
She may not realize it now, but soon she will learn that it is easy being green.
The Casto family plans to change a few things this year to make their lives even greener.
They are wrapping their water heater in insulation and keeping their car tires inflated to get better gas mileage.
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