Ideas on eliminating waste:
1) Don't replace something if you can repair it, borrow it (especially one time or limited use items), do without it.
2) If you buy something if it is feasible buy the item second hand, and if not, research for an item that is good quality rather than a product that will break in short order...often buying cheap puts more items in the landfill.
3) Don't buy it unless you need it.
4) From an electricity point of view - if you aren't using it, turn it off and unplug it...phantom power (using power even when it isn't turned on, just plugged in) is a true waste of resources and the electricity costs add up over the year.
5) Do you need a second car, really? Really look at your transportation usage and decide if you could take a bus, cab, borrow a ride occasionally, car pool, use a carshare program, or rent on occasion. The cost of two cars going to similar areas can really add up financially and add to the pollution. We have been married almost 30 years and have never had two cars. A car can cost approximately $5,000/year or more a year to operate (Registration $100, Gas $300/month, Insurance $100/month, car loan?, Maintenance?) and add "A typical passenger vehicle emits about 5.1 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year." http://www.epa.gov/otaq/climate/documents/420f11041.pdf Check out Car Share PEI http://renewableenergypei.weebly.com/1/post/2013/11/car-sharing-coming-to-pei-sign-up-now.html
6) Use mother nature's resources like the sun to heat your home rather than oil or even electricity. See cheap and simple solar air heater http://renewableenergypei.weebly.com/1/post/2013/11/cheap-and-simple-solar-air-heater-championed-in-tignish.html