Four Ways to Live Green in Your Small House

People are downsizing in droves and they could all site a variety of reasons they were motivated to downsize. However, one of the primary pushes leading the charge is the idea of ‘going-green’. The reduce, reuse, recycle mantra has been around for over a decade and doesn’t seem to be going silent. While tiny house living offers a variety of perks from financial savings to more time to spend pursuing passions, the reduction of our environmental footprint remains toward the top of the list of those taking action in downsizing.

What environmental pros come with reducing the real estate in which you live?

Use Solar Power Whenever Possible

Many people assume using the sun’s energy to replace common electricity use is as simple as slapping a few low budget panels on the roof of your tiny and magically your house will run like you are the Jetson’s living in an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple.

However, with a little bit of research and the right gear, you can solar power the important items in your small house with an upfront investment that will save you boatloads of cash and environmental output in the long-run. The average tiny house saves over $7000 in the years that follow its installation. According to the EPA, nearly 40% of all energy consumed in the United States is used to generate electricity. Just imagine if even a tenth of our population downsized and implemented solar power for even a fraction of their energy consumption!

Catch the Rain

Rain catchment systems can be as primitive as DIY, pieced together PVC pipes to as technical as systems sold by professionals. Not only does using these types of water use help to lower your impact as a water consumer in many areas that experience harsh droughts, but they also benefit the environment by:

Repurpose Timeless Treasures in Your Build

With general contractors for traditionally stick-built homes, many consumers are much less likely to present their construction crew with a hand-painted local artisan sink they bought on their honeymoon in Mexico, barn wood from the home where they grew up, or reclaimed stain glass from their childhood church. However, the beauty of building a small house is that is can serve as a time capsule and story teller of our pasts.

Reusing found materials, items, and even previously used furniture or appliances can save a bundle of money in your build while reducing the impact on our local landfills and dump sites.

Move Your Tiny Sparingly

This idea may seem contradictory to those thinking building on a trailer means their house automatically becomes fully mobile. However, it is important to do thorough research and schedule free consultations with certified tiny home builders like Small House Solutions so you are informed before you build.

In the recent development of tiny houses, most now fall in the 24 feet or longer category. Many professional tiny home dwellers recommend that anyone hoping to move their tiny home more than once or twice a year should stick as close to a 20’ bed or shorter as they can when designing their build. This makes your house more maneuverable as well as able to be pulled by a smaller vehicle.

You must consider, not only the additional financial cost of upgrading your tow vehicle as well as the emissions those larger trucks put out. Their fuel and their road time can be harsh on the environment, especially if you plan to pull often. Even if you don’t opt for a park model or something larger, hiring a professional tiny home hauling company when you want to relocate can reduce your cost and your environmental impact.

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