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For most people who have the ability to read this blog, we live in a world of excess. A TV in every room and more cars than there are drivers. Especially in the United States. We have super-sized fast food meals, venti coffees, California-king beds, Hummers and cable TV with 500 channels. We have been sold the idea that the more we have, the happier we’ll be. We need to fill our lives with stuff to make menial tasks easier and to fully entertain our short attention spans. The reality is, simple living might actually make you happier in the long run.
It seems that if you look up whether or not organic food is really better for you on the internet, you get two answers. The people who are adamant that they are and the people who are adamant that they aren’t. If you read the articles on either side they seem very biased and it’s hard to know the answer. Continue reading “Is Organic Always Better?”
We all want to do our part to reduce energy consumption and help sustain the earth. Unfortunately, there are many factors that go into getting the correct information. Companies want to profit so they will use the green movement to dupe consumers into using a product that seems greener than it is. People are also quick to pass along “helpful” information, which is a good gesture, but the information is either wrong or has been skewed like a game of operator.
Here are some misconceptions about green living that could help you on your quest to live a more sustainable life.
One of the first and easiest steps in decluttering is to go through your clothes and get rid of anything you don’t need anymore. Of course items that are still wearable can be donated to allow someone else to get use out of them, but what about all those old t-shirts that are stained and have holes in them? I like to keep one or two just as work shirts. When I have some painting to do or have to repair the fence and need to dig a hole. Otherwise, these items can leave my drawer in order to make space for other, more useful items. Don’t just toss them in the trash though. You can cut up cotton t-shirts to use for all sorts of things. Here are some ideas for what you can use your old t-shirts for instead of throwing them away. Continue reading “Uses For Old T-Shirts”
Going off the grid is a very freeing experience. Not only are you going to save money on utilities, you will be cutting the shackles of the utility giants who have a monopoly on your area. You may have found your piece of land and are ready to build your tiny house, but you have a few pressing question:
- How are you going to power it?
- How much electricity will you need?
- How do you figure that all out? Continue reading “Powering Your Tiny House”
There are so many easy ways to increase the environmental friendliness of your home, many being cheap or even free, that going green has become pretty simple. Changing bulbs as they burn out to more efficient, longer lasting LED bulbs. Lowering your thermostat by 3 degrees in the winter. Lowering the temperature of your hot water heater by a few degrees. Swapping out your shower head for one that uses less gallons per minute. If you incorporate one of these things a week for an entire year, you will save money and your home will be so much greener. Continue reading “A Greener Way To Remodel”