With home buying on the horizon for us, my husband and I are looking for ways to live more sustainably once we are in our new house. If you're looking to become more environmentally friendly, here are a couple ideas that we're considering ourselves.

  • Ditch single-use items such as coffee cups and paper towels. Try to keep a travel coffee mug in your car for when you stop by Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts in the morning. Buy a dozen reusable cotton clothes to use instead of rolls of paper towels that you throw away. Change can be hard to get used to, but creating new habits can do a lot of good (and save you money!).
  • Walk or bike to work or the grocery store, or the post office, or any other place that is near your house (I would say within a mile of your house). A quick walk is both good for you and good for the environment if you opt out of driving your car and tie your laces up for a short walk.
  • Shop secondhand when you can because it helps breathe life into old furniture, books, kitchen utensils, what have you. A lot of products that you find at the local thrift shop still has life to them, and you will save so much money as opposed to buying new.

Now last week, my husband and I got so excited to learn about the new solar array in Castle Creek. It is so exciting to have more options in the area now for our energy!

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