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In with the warm, out with the cold

We’ve had some cold weather in Portland this winter, so it’s no surprise that we had to turn the heat up to stay warm. But what was a surprise was our energy bill. It totaled a whopping $195 for the month of December — more than double what it was earlier in the fall. Yikes! Before we bought our house, the focus of our sustainability efforts included things like making almond milk or driving as little as possible by walking…

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Windows to my heart

Big (and expensive) things have been happening at the Merrick household this fall. Among other things (I’ll get to them later), we had new windows installed in October! The moment we closed on our house in March, we started planning to install new windows before winter. Let me list a few reasons why. They were:

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House update: furnishing our space

Josh and I are finally feeling settled in our house. We’ve got some pictures up on the wall, a bed for our guest room and we recently took home some nearly-forgotten furniture out of our storage unit. Before buying our house, we lived in a 490 square foot one bedroom apartment in NW Portland. Before that, we lived in campus housing on Linfield’s McMinnville campus where we had the luxury of using their furniture and before that, we lived with…

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