We’ve made great progress in our family lifestyle this year by conserving energy, food, and water to become more healthy, wealthy, and wise. This website blog exercised and demonstrated our sustainability mindfulness to:
· Doing more with less – becoming more efficient!
· Improving our diet, exercise, mediation, prayer, and balancing use of technology
· Discovering benefits of acupuncture, massage, and confronting/reducing stressful situations
· Learning to make our own meat jerky that is less expensive and delicious without preservatives
· Growing and eating inexpensive, organic vegetables by volunteering at a community garden
· Adding a HVAC electrostatic air filter to improve indoor air quality
· Saving drinking water supplies with drip irrigation landscaping
· Drinking mostly water or milk and no soda pop drinks
· Attending conferences and workshops on water sustainability
· Speaking to school groups about natural resources and conservation
· Conducting a home energy audit that allowed patching of leaks and better air circulation
· Driving a Toyota Rav4 hybrid as the only family car which saved about $650 in fuel costs, 6,000 pounds of carbon dioxide not emitted to the air, and much improved safety and power features
· Reading many books on sustainability as reviewed in several blogs
· Becoming more aware of risks and threats to our lifestyle such as overconsumption, population growth, food and water scarcity, ignorance and denial of scientific evidence, and needless wasting of precious resources in a “use it or lose it” mentality
Without sounding too self-righteous, we still have many more opportunities to improve our lifestyle in 2017, such as becoming more self-sufficient by adding solar panels to our home or maybe supporting newer technologies like community modular nuclear reactors; purchasing an electric vehicle; becoming less dependent on banks, credit cards, or investing only in the stock market by building a variety of diverse assets; collecting rainwater (legalized in Colorado this year); planting fruit trees and stocking up on long shelf-life food supplies. Please let me know if you have comments or suggestions!
Happy New Year!