Green isn’t uncommon cents!

111016-blogThese days commonsense doesn’t seem so common anymore. Before writing this, I wanted to dig into this concept a little bit deeper. I actually found an article online about eight steps to develop your commonsense further. I think they’re so many times when we assume that everybody has common sense yet therein lies the challenge – common isn’t always so common. It was refreshing to see that commonsense can be developed and like any other skill or habit that we have in our lives, it can be developed with more frequent practice and intentional use. So what does all this have to do with green you may be asking?

For most of us in the green building, green homes, and green living world it is common sense to apply green practices in our lives, homes and work. To most of us, it is a practical set of values and practices that means using what we have more wisely, making it last and not making decisions based only on short term outcomes. Most in the world of green, would tell you that, the end game is the longer run and that is what we really focus on. Of course as with any movement, there are many different degrees of this within the world of green. Personally, I embrace a more practical approach which helps us to understand little ways and big ways that we can impact our day-to-day living as well as our big investments like our homes.

Having a home is such a critical piece of the human condition. A home impacts so many different pieces of our lives; like knowing that our homes provide a safe haven that helps contribute to our comfort and welfare. This is what all of us expect however, it’s not what we always get. There so many hidden factors in our homes just like in many of the products and materials we buy that often times we don’t know but we don’t know.

I love the philosophy of Habitat International where their goal is to help everyone have a decent place to live. And in the words of Michelle Woods from Habitat for Humanity St. Charles Missouri green building is common sense. The other side to green building is that it is and can be affordable and affordable doesn’t mean cheap.

To learn more about how Habitat Saint Charles is impacting their community with their new and remodeled homes with green practices check out the Green Gab podcast Affordable Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Cheap.

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