what our country house has taught me about environmental stewardship

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October 24, 2015 by Ellen V

It’s no secret, I’m totally over living in the country. It’s quaint and sweet and we don’t have to mow as often, but I miss sidewalks, amongst other things. We’re looking forward to a move in town (I’m not sure whether we’ll stay outside the city or stay in a rural community), and I’m already dreaming about stepping out my front door for an early morning run or a late afternoon walk with the stroller.

But living in the country has taught me a lot, and the last few months I’ve really been understanding our responsibility to take care of the world around us in a new way.

For example, a few weeks ago, we got crazy amounts of rain. Our septic acted flooded and our basement took on water. We had to limit our water usage to help maintain normalcy.

We have to take our own trash to the dumpster, and we have limited options for recycling. There’s no out of the way place to stick trash, no one comes to get it for us. We really see how much waste we produce. It also encourages us to continue composting.

Unrelated to living in the country, but related to this particular house, has been the issues we’ve had with our HVAC unit. Besides just being a huge pain in the rear, our energy bills also went way up. Talk about encouragement to use less energy! Things seem to be sorted out now, but I’m always feeling encouraged to throw laundry on the line, use the dishwasher less, etc.

I hope that whenever we get to an “in town” place to live, we keep some of these lessons with us.

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