Building Green Steps

My blood runs green. I remember always falling in love with animals and the outdoors when I was little. All those elementary school field trips to the nature center were my favorite days. However, I have to confess that I didn’t officially start recycling or being aware of my impact before I got my ‘green’ job. As a county recycling coordinator, it is my job to educate the public about waste reduction and recycling. Most of days are dedicated to guiding tours around the landfill and the recycling facility. I ride a lot of school bus around trash and I have to admit, I love it!

My investment in my career has pushed me into the next phase of my life and my family’s life. My green blood has affected my husband and my daughter into living the green life with me. We do all the basics: recycling, avoiding Styrofoam (except for Chick-fil-a sweet tea), donating and repairing things, and buying less products. But now, we are in a position to build a home. Of course, it is going to be GREEN.

My husband and I have spent hours on the internet researching green features and watching several shows on HGTV and Planet Green. We have a Green Wish List for our new home.

Green Wish List:

  • Metal Roof
  • Grey Water Filtration System
  • Tankless Water Heater OR Geothermal System
  • Solar Panel
  • Recycled Composite Decking
  • Energy Efficient Insulation
  • Items from Salvage Stores (front door, interior doors, light fixtures, cabinet knobs)
  • Low-Flow Toilets and Showerheads
  • Low VOC paint
  • Energy Efficient Appliances
  • Drought-resistant landscaping
  • Rain water collection

With all these features in mind, we also have to consider our budget. Some features are just not realistic in this economy, but we will be trying our best to get some of these.

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