Buying A Bigger House: An Eco-Confession

We just bought a 2300 square foot house.  I’m wincing as I type that because although it’s actually now the average size of an American house, it’s more than twice what we currently own.  That means a much bigger carbon footprint (and mortgage.)

Honestly, I didn’t plan on falling in love. We had set our criteria for size to be no bigger than 1800 square foot for our family of four, but the moment I walked through the doors I knew I was a goner.  It’s surrounded by massive pine trees, is south facing with raised garden beds and lots of light, and there’s plenty of room for for play dates and extended family visits.
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The Top Five Ways to Save Money and The Planet

Since fuel expenses, high food prices, and child-rearing costs are eating into our thrifty budgets, here are some simple, eco-friendly tips that can save some money. They all come directly from stopglobalwarming.org, which has another five money saving tips available for your perusal.  While you’re there, use their handy-dandy online calculator to estimate your carbon and cost savings.

Run your dishwasher only when it’s loaded to full capacity.  It’ll save you $40 per year and reduce your carbon emissions by a whopping 200 pounds.

Move your thermostat down two degrees when it’s cold and up two degrees when it’s hot.  This minor switch will save your family $98 annually and bring your carbon emissions down by two thousand pounds!

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