Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I wanna build green - who's with me?

I have been doing research on building an eco-friendly home for a couple of years now. My husband and I are so ready to do something like this, except we are missing two things - money and land!!! We have picked out building materials, finishes, flooring, bathroom fixtures, countertops, deck material.... You name it, we have probably already picked it out!! I found this website called mygreencottage.com (Ed Begley Jr. is the spokesperson) and it sounds really great. They will help you build a green home for the same or lower cost as a traditional home. I don't know the structural system that they have used, but it seems really great too. I was looking into ICF, which seems awesome, but I keep getting differences of opinions about the cost versus traditional stick building. I would think that mygreencottage it would be more popular, especially since you can help the environment and possibly save some money on building costs (not to mention the savings on utility bills). But I haven't found a ton of information about them outside of their website and a few others. I'm all for it - I think I'm gonna contact them and get some more information.

I was amazed at how much waste is created by traditional stick building. Then, not to mention the finishes that have VOCs and are created with toxic materials. For instance, I had no idea that many kitchen cabinets have high levels of formaldehyde!! Who would think kitchen cabinets would be toxic, seriously!! I have found some alternatives, like Breathe Easy Cabinetry on the following websites: http://www.greenhomeguide.com/index.php/product/C126 and http://www.greenhomeguide.org These websites are great resources if you're interested in the green building movement. The second website is by the US Green Building Council - really great website, lots of information.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Living My Life Like It's Green

Hey Guys!!
I may be kind of late to the game, but I'm trying really hard to green my life. I have a great appreciation for God's creation and I feel it's my responsibility as a human to protect and preserve it, at least do my personal best to. Mostly, it hasn't been unreasonably difficult or inconvenient, but that's probably because I'm not yet at the level I should be. So, some things that I have done are: always carrying canvas bags to the grocery store, changing out my lightbulbs to compact fluorescents, turning off lights, unplugging tvs and stereo to avoid "phantom charges" and making sure not to leave cell phones charging overnight. I've never been one to buy paper plates (although it is easier), but I recently saw some disposable plates that are biodegradable. I don't really know yet how I feel about those, because they still create more waste. Plus I have so many dishes from my wedding, I would feel bad if I didn't use them.
I joined this yahoogroup called "electric cars for sale", and it has been really enlightening. How cool would it be to build my own electric car!! I think I'll go for a hybrid, though (when hubby and I get the money). Our goal is that our next house will be green too. I'm really excited about that one, but that will be for a later blog because I have tons of information to share!