Living smart and intentionally is something that doesn’t come naturally to everybody. The truth is that for most people we let life happen to us rather than imposing our will on it. It might sound like an odd thing to say but far too often we live the way we do because that is the way we have always done things and we have just never thought about changing. And this doesn’t apply to the little things, like the route you travel to work or the place you park your car, this applies to the fundamentals of the way we live, the bigger things that impact us and the world around us. Here are a few examples of things that we should think about and seek to change in order to live better.
Power to the people
Just because your parents and their parents before them got their power from a utility company that was fuelled by an old-school coal or nuclear plant, doesn’t mean that you have to. If you live in a place where there is plenty of sun, like the Sunshine Coast, then you should think about the alternatives. Install a solar system Caloundra or surrounding areas and you will be changing the game. It’s clean and efficient and while it may be a bit of a capital expense initially it will help drop your monthly expenses immediately.
In terms of how to make it happen it is much easier than you think. The internet is your friend, so type a phrase like electrician Beerwah into a search engine and see what comes up. Speak to a few potential installers and you are on your way.
Everybody loves a swim and for a very long time if you weren’t doing it in the sea you were doing it in a swimming pool. Traditionally swimming pools were chlorinated or salinated to keep them clean and sparkling. But a new trend is sweeping though Europe and the west and that is the ecopool, a chemical free, plant and sand filtered swimming pool or pond. And they are amazing! Crystal clear and great to swim in, they promote healthy ecosystems and provide homes to things like frogs and dragonflies and other water dwelling insects and animals. They are also very low maintenance and cost effective.
Use water wisely
Just because when you open the tap you get water doesn’t mean that it is a bottomless resource. Water, and more specifically clean water, is becoming increasingly scarce with some major cities around the world having come perilously close to running out of water in recent times. It’s time that we rethink how we use water and where we get it from. Look to store your own, monitor shower times and landscape with materials that catch run-off. Water is a critical resource and we need to look after it and appreciate it, the old legacy of use as much as you want because there is plenty is gone.