As the rising cost of living squeezes many people out of the big cities and the allure of modern living begins to lose its appeal, an increasing number of people have begun to question their lifestyle and are looking for alternative ways to set up home.
Sustainability has become more than just a talking point as climate change becomes a pressing issue. There is an increasing drive for people to help the planet by reducing their carbon footprint and reliance on Mother Earth’s precious natural resources. The Tiny House community has taken this further with many living off-grid generating their own electricity through solar power and other renewable energy sources. With their own animals to produce dairy products such as milk and eggs and the communal sharing of gardens, this self-reliant lifestyle counters many of society’s views on consumerism and the accumulation of goods.
If you’re feeling inspired to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle by purchasing a Tiny House or by simply downsizing your current property, we’ll explore some ways you can live more sustainably when moving into your new home.
Grow Your Own
There’s nothing quite like eating a meal prepared with produce from your own garden. Having tilled the soil, sown the seeds and patiently waited for your crop to harvest you can also enjoy the added benefits of organic produce knowing that there have been no harsh chemicals or pesticides used in the production of your food that are bad for the environment as well as your health.
Unlike the mass production of fruits and vegetables shipped and delivered to supermarkets, there is no carbon footprint to worry about and you will also save money. With a modest spend on seeds and supplies, you can reap a harvest that will feed you and your family for months.
As the U.S. population has doubled over the last 50 years, the demand for water has tripled, making water conservation a critical issue. Reducing your water consumption will not only benefit the environment, but also your pocket. Here are some ways you can cut down on your usage:
- Water Butts: This large container is used to collect and store rainwater from your roof through a drainpipe. Rather than using tap water, this stored water can be used to water plants or mulch soil. Most plants also prefer rainwater as it has a slightly more acidic pH compared to tap water.
- Taking shorter showers
- Go Low-Flow: Some appliances can be fitted to conserve water by using less water to shower, flush the toilet or wash hands.
- Xeriscape: This landscaping process conserves water by using plants that are native to arid, drought-like climates, requiring less water. Some supporters of xeriscaping claim it can lower water consumption by up to 75%.
Donate or Sell Items
.Rather than throwing away old items and filling up landfill sites, reducing your waste can also reduce the production of new items. This is also a great way to declutter and eliminate unwanted and unnecessary items making your big move a little lighter.
Offer old clothes or shoes to friends and family or donate them to charity. Consider holding a yard sale for items of furniture you no longer plan to use, giving them a new lease of life. These three tips are a great way to get you started on your sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.