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After watching Lisa Ling's special report about the freegan lifestyle, a mother from Indiana says she started thinking about the wasteful habits in her own household.

Like many families, Kriss Burbee, her husband, Tim, and their children, Lily and Tommy, go their separate ways after supper. On any given evening, Kriss says you can find Tim in one room watching television while their 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son play video games in another part of the house.

Kriss isn't the only one frustrated by her family's wastefulness. Every night when Tim gets home from work, he says he notices how many lights are left on throughout the house. "The house is lit up like a Christmas tree," he says. "It's one of my pet peeves." 

"I realized that we waste way too much time and money on unnecessary things," Kriss says. "I would just like to go back to basics, and maybe we will all learn how to talk again."

FROM: What Would You Dare to Live Without?
Published on June 12, 2009