Many of you know me to be impatient, opinionated, very cautious, and perhaps a little overbearing at times. These are things that I struggle with on a daily basis. They are also things and I’m currently praying about pretty much on a daily basis.
I think back to the scriptures which often point out that Jesus doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He wants to see us continually trying to overcome our worldly side and helps others on their journey. People mature into different levels of Christianity. Some of us are still drinking milk, while others are eating whole chickens by now. In my mind I am now at the stage where I’m truly trying to be the Virtuous Woman found in Proverbs chapter 31.
The Virtuous Woman is a woman that does it all. She knows how to take care of her family, how to make wise financial decisions, and how to be a pillar for her community.
I think one of my biggest obstacles, in my opinion, is figuring out how she was able to organize everything. If you look at scripture The Virtuous Woman was organized in order to do all the things that she did throughout the day, throughout the week, and even with preparations for future events. I lack organization. In many ways I feel like the lack of organization creates chaos pockets within my household, and that’s one of the things I want to try to work on.
Of course I know I still need to work on my patience, judging, and my temper. Yet, part of me wonders if better organizational skills might help to eliminate the chance for impatient and temper flares. I’m talking about scheduling a healthy sleep schedule, dinner time, cleaning time and family bonding time. Currently we go to sleep anywhere from midnight to 2 a.m. and we eat dinner after 7 on most nights.
Simply put, I think we are all dealing with some sort of sleep deprivation. Even after we fall to sleep we awaken a couple hours later which kills us the morning after. It makes maneuvering through the rest of the day extremely difficult. So, planning is on the menu today. I think a better plan will give birth to a better us.
After a weekend of house searching and researching, we are still no closer to finding the perfect eco-friendly home. We have been looking for the perfect eco-friendly home for at least three weeks now. We want something that doesn’t harm the environment and something that doesn’t break the bank. Our current neighborhood doesn’t allow solar panels, so we have been looking at neighborhoods surrounding the area as close as five minutes away and 20 minutes out.
The first issue, I have noticed is the pricing of the neighborhoods that allow solar panels. The least expensive house in one of those neighborhoods is around 189,000. If you add in the 20000 for the solar upgrade you are looking at least 200,000 for the house. I would like to find a house around 120,000 to 150,000 thousand and then add all the eco-friendly addons. However, I have yet to find a neighborhood that allows them in the areas with cheaper housing. I am not debating the Green New Deal, but I really wonder how anyone would work that sort of thing out given the obstacles of finding eco-friendly neighborhoods. Some of the older houses would not be able to sustain the upgrades needed for solar panels even if the neighborhoods allowed the houses to do the necessary upgrades. Where would the money from the new roofs come in and the money for the panels? Perhaps, we need to start building more eco-friendly neighborhoods and slowly start moving people in that direction.
I have land in the country that would allow us to build, but it is at least four hours away which would take the children away from their friends. I am not trying to do that because the children need their support systems, so we have to find a peaceful medium. It is all a little confusing to be honest. We talk about going green, but there are many HOAs that frown upon the addons for solar enhancements. If we are going to get serious about going green we need to get serious about rewriting some of the rules outlined in HOAs across America.
I am having difficultly understanding why HOA groups are allowed to dictate what I can and can’t do in a house that I aim to buy. If I want to help make our environment better it is a good thing. So, at this point we are still looking and searching for that perfect neighborhood that offers the chance at eco-friendly living without reaching into the 200,000 range.
With the current issues in Saudi Arabia and the risk of going into another war, I think now is the time for all of us to get serious about going solar because we do not know what will happen in the future. Oil wars are not cheap and I do not want to be a casualty of war. So, I will continue looking.
My husband and I moved into this house a little over a year ago. When we first moved in our electric bill was around 250 per month. The 250 per month included an energy saving plan with TXU. Supposedly, the green plan would help save us money and lower our bill. After about six months of seeing very little savings we decided to move to another plan with TXU. This plan was supposed to save us more money because we wouldn’t be paying for energy on the weekends.
About a month or so after the plan we noticed that our bill started to get out of control. It was no longer in the 250 range, it was going into the 300 plus range. The weather was starting to change and the house was starting to get colder. So, I asked a TXU representative why were our bills so high. He told me that basically, I needed to mimic the outside weather. So, if it was cold outside, my house would need to be a representation of that in order to have a normal bill. I asked him are you saying we need to freeze, he said bundle up!
That was clearly not going to work with three children in my home. So, we started cutting back on other bills. No matter how we limited our usage, or what we did, the bill was still high. The area we were spending the most money in was still heating.
After my year ended, I linked up with Direct Energy. I have since noticed about a 200 dollar drop. TXU called me back and wanted to know what they could do in order to get our business back. They stated that the plan I was on prior to leaving was a plan that cost 14 cent per kilowatt. Average households pay about 12.7 to 13 per kilowatt, but TXU had us paying 14 cent. This was the reason my bill was never going down. I now pay 10 cent per kilowatt.
If you are having trouble with high energy bills, you need to talk to the company about the amount you are paying for your electricity. You shouldn’t have to freeze in your home in order to save money. Pay close attention to where the most energy is being allotted. In our case it wasn’t about computers, TVs or even appliances it was something we needed. Study your bill, and look back at your usage from a year ago. I hope your home stays a climate friendly zone.