Gail of Green Living

Brewing Beer the Green Way

My son is a big fan of craft beers.  Because he knows I am interested in supporting green businesses, he recently told me about the Southern Star Brewery  in Conroe, Texas.  For those of you outside of the Houston area, Conroe is about an hour north of Houston, close enough to call “local“.

They began their brewing in 2008 with a corporate model to work with local companies and manufacture in a sustainable manner.   Lee shared with me that this business produces so little trash (that would be what is left after recycling and re-using), that they only fill one dumpster a year.  How amazing!  They source their water from Conroe well water, they buy their cans “down the street” from a local can maker, and their spent grain (That’s the leftover fermented solid grains.), is used to feed local cattle.

Recently they made a new business contact in Conroe.  Let’s Recycle, LLC will allow them to recycle almost 100% of the waste generated at the brewery.  They are excited about working with a local, EPA certified company, and look forward to a long partnership that benefits both the environment and both companies.  This sounds like the perfect partnership!

CHEERS to Southern Star Brewery!


How High Will They Go?

It’s even higher at $4.09 at the corner gas station on Kirby!  I can say I have never spent that kind of money on gasoline, but I may have to do that soon.  As a Realtor, I have to use my car for business, to take my clients to see properties, and to check on my listings regularly.  How can I save gasoline?

I have been working the last few years, to save a day a week when I don’t take my car out of the garage.  The result of this effort is not only saving money and gasoline, but the pollution, and wear and tear on the car.  It has also changed my way of scheduling the rest of the week.  I consolidate my errands, appointments and regular activities, so that I save time and gasoline, too.  For instance, my office is not far from my church.  If I need to drop something off at the office, I can easily arrange to do that before choir rehearsal at church, and on the way home from rehearsal, stop by the supermarket for grocery shopping, because it’s on the the route.  I seldom leave the house with only one stop on my agenda.

I also turn off the air conditioning in the car and open the roof window as much as possible.  This seems to really make a difference in gasoline consumption.  We’ve had a very mild winter, and I am scared that we will have an early summer, so I may not be able to do this much longer.

I noticed in January, I only filled my gas tank twice.  That is something I’d like to strive for every month.  I continued showing property, checking on clients’ homes, etc., but I was careful to plan.

How do you conserve gasoline?  Share your ideas so we can all make a difference in our pocketbooks, as well as our environment!