Holiday shopping is always taxing on the wallet. It’s even worse if, like us, you also have birthdays in the holiday months! It’s like we never had enough money for groceries, school clothes, education, vacations, family memories…the list goes on and on.
My husband and I went solar to try to simplify our lives and make a change for our family. And some of our priorities have changed too. Much more of our savings go to spending quality time with family and service projects. We spend more money on vacations and loved ones–and not as much on energy bills.
And I’m happy thinking that these savings are only going to get bigger every year. Especially in about 9 years when we’ve completely paid off our panels. That’s going to be about 20 years worth of completely free energy! All that money that used to go to keeping the lights on and clothes washed will be lining our pockets instead.
Around the holidays we used to really feel the impact that our energy bill would have on our budget. Between keeping the house warm, all the cooking, and the lights that would go on the house after Thanksgiving – not to mention gifts! Things would get tough.
Even as we were building snowmen in our front yard, picking out the produce or the scarf to dress up our snow-family, thoughts about making ends meet would circle my mind constantly. It would wear me out so much that I couldn’t enjoy family time.
However, I’m happy to say that we are really feeling the impact of our solar savings this year. All the money we saved through the summer–all the money that didn’t get drained into utility bills thanks to solar–added so much cushion for our holidays. Not to mention, the panels actually produce better during the winter months! So we’re not going to have to worry about energy this winter.
For us, using energy-efficient lighting and ENERGY STAR appliances, reducing plastic use, and bringing energy bills down has saved us quite a bit of money. More importantly, it makes it so we can use that money for better things while we help the environment at the same time!
Besides solar, we use those cloth bags for produce and for bringing home groceries. We strive to limit plastic use, to use environmentally friendly appliances and products, to reduce the energy we use overall, and to shop more sustainably.
Sustainable living may be “trendy” for some, but for us, it’s a real life-saver. It’s a bit of a learning curve, but oh-so-worth-it.
Switching to solar meant less time working to pay for energy bills, and more time playing with family. And currently, that also means bigger holiday dinners and extra time with my parents, siblings, and little nieces and nephews we all miss so much.
I’d like to encourage you to look seriously into simplifying your lives and saving your money for the better things–whatever that might be for you.
Solar spearheaded my family’s inspiration, and we hope it motivates you.
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