Green @ Home: Jen's House

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Name: Jen Location: Salt Lake City Profession: Instructional Designer

Welcome to Jen, the first Northwest regional reader submission to our Green@Home giveaway. While the AT:SF editors have been blogging about their Green@Home moves in the Bay Area, Jen sent us her green move from her home in Utah. Jump below for pics and details.

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Green Move: So this tip isn't going to be revolutionary to anyone in New York or San Francisco, but I live in Salt Lake City... land of sprawl and strip malls. When I decided to buy a house here a few years ago, I wanted to buy a smaller home closer to where I worked downtown. I found a perfect 720 square foot cottage with a little yard two miles away from where I work. It seemed perfect for my significant other, me, and our three dogs. A lot of people thought I was making a bad decision because it's so small by Salt Lake standards, and it's in a gentrifying area. But I went ahead with the purchase, and it's been one of the best decisions I've made.

Because the house is small and has new double-paned windows, it's very cheap to heat and cool. The small size also meant that I didn't need to buy more furniture to fill the space. I actually ended up passing along a few nice pieces that I'd had in my rental to friends who needed them.

But the best part is the location. Most of the places that I need to go are a short walk or bike ride away. I can bike to work, the library, the farmers' market, Whole Foods, the best gelatto place in town, the independent movie theater, etc. I can walk to coffee, the park, and some amazing Thai and Lebanese food. When the weather's bad, there's a bus line around the corner. It's gotten to the point that I drive my car so infrequently that the battery has died a few times, and I'm planning on selling it.

My significant other Brian would probably say that the best part about the house is the yard. we pulled out the lawn the first summer we were in the house. We composted it over the winter and used it to create raised beds for growing veggies. It uses a fraction of the water that the lawn did, but we feast on organic tomatoes, pesto, eggplant, and spinach any night of the week all summer long. And when we're done we throw the scraps in the compost pile or feed it to the worms, so that it will be help out next year's harvest.

Next Biggest Challenge/Frustration: Next up, I'd like to upgrade to a tankless water heater and get a rain barrel, but those will probably have to wait until next summer.

Thanks, Jen!

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Please send us photos and info on how you live green@home. This is not a contest, just a way to build up an AT inspirational database of sorts on how real folks are living greener at home.

Simple, straightforward ideas are welcome, like how you deal with your recycling bin in a small kitchen, and so are ambitious projects - like your amazing green roof. We hope to have a big archive of ideas to inspire us all by the end of the month.

PRIZES:

6-26-ecover1.jpg6-26-ecover3.gifIn exchange for sharing your green@home ideas, Ecover will reward the first 100 ApartmentTherapy readers, who submit photo/essays demonstrating ways in which their lives are green, with their choice of Ecover Liquid Laundry detergent, Ecover Dishwashing Liquid, or Ecover Glass & Surface spray cleaner. Each of the first 100 will also receive Ecover Heavy Duty hand cleanser.

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Raksha Bella will reward one lucky sweepstakes winner with a complete bedding set made from all certiefied Indian organic cottons. The set includes a queen-sized duvet cover, quilt, two pillow cases and two European shams in the winner's choice of three designs. The Classic Collection from Raksha Bella features sumptous textiles in traditional Indian prints, handblocked with lowimpact and vegetable dyes. Choose from the Raj Paisley (available in Indigo or Rum Raisin), Tree of Life (in Canton & Mimosa) or Indian Rose (in Dusty Cedar, Cress Green or Indigo). A retail value of $1,165.00.

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