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leegie

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217 weeks ago @ Design Happens - Freebie Fridays: HGTV ... · 0 replies · +1 points

The past year we made a decision to not have a garbage disposal in our new kitchen; instead we compost. When we redesigned our house, we made an effort to place windows in the family room for passive solar heating during winter and to keep the room cool in summer. (Our electricity bills are lower even with more square footage in the house.) I bought a rain barrel for my husband's birthday -- which we both use to water our gardens! We eliminated grass in our front yard, using mostly perennials, mulch and 2 square-foot gardening beds. Growing our own vegetables is a joy for all of us. My 9-year-old loves taking the sweet peas off the vine and popping right into her mouth! We also do not use pesticides and encourage others not to. We bought a battery-operated lawn mower this summer as well -- and happily just lent it to our new neighbors! My husband constantly trolls http://www.freecycle.com and I have recently bought paintings on http://www.shopgoodwill.com, another great way to reuse and recycle and donate to a great cause as well! LeAnn