Along with my many other interests, especially environment related ones, is cohousing. I think of days to come when I would like to retire to an eco village type environment. Reduce my utility bills to zero, if possible, if the construction is a zero-waste design. Reduce our living expenses, if possible, hoping for the day I can retire. But is this realistic for me? Perhaps not.

There is always a cost associated with everything we do. We have about 5 years left on our current mortgage. By that time, I really hope I can start considering retirement. However, I do love my job. As long as I am valued and can help, I will continue to work. But I don’t want to feel that I have to work. I don’t know if I want to get involved in a cohousing or eco village community, if the cost/expenses will be beyond my capabilities. One of my concerns is my disabled daughter. Things are moving forward with ensuring her future, and maybe when that happens I can think about other things.

Maybe I can then think seriously about solar panels for our house, as long as the cost will not exceed our capabilities. Will it work? I’ve been told so but the cost of $20,000 to $40,000 is not feasible for me now or never.