Renewable Energy tiny house

Published on February 9th, 2009 | by ziggy

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Live Simply and Decrease Your Carbon Footprint with a Tiny House

“Tiny houses” are starting to enter mainstream consciousness, due in large part to new companies dedicated to manufacturing and promoting tiny homes, especially Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. And for good reason, too: one of the most effective ways to decrease your ecological footprint is to buy a tiny house. For obvious reasons, a tiny house requires little energy to build, and less energy to keep comfortable. There’s also the benefit of not maintaining extra unused space. Ultimately, you can live more simply and happily in a tiny house.

Save money and energy in a tiny house

You can save money and energy by living in a small house. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company founder Jay Shafer has been living in 100 square feet or less since the 90s, when he decided to build his own home and decrease his environmental impact. Shafer has developed a philosophy called “subtractive design”, in which a space is designed to be small, super-efficient, and functional.

Tumbleweed’s house offerings range anywhere from 50 to 500 square feet, all within a price range of $15,000 to $40,000. They are designed so that every inch of space is used effectively. Compared to monstrous, wasteful, and gigantic McMansions of these modern times, Tumbleweed homes are lean, clean, and energy-efficient spaces.

Live more happily in a smaller space

You can live more simply and happily in a smaller space. Living in a tiny house, you will you recognize your true living space needs. Much space goes unused in typical suburban homes. Not only that, lots of space is dedicated to stockpiling material possessions. You can learn to trim your possessions by living in a tiny house. This can be a liberating experience. Many people report greater happiness when they are not burdened with a wealth of possessions. A tiny house helps promote the idea and beauty of a small and simple existence.

Small houses equal a smaller carbon footprint

Ultimately, living in a tiny house is one way how to decrease your carbon footprint and reduce global warming. Other than the fact that smaller houses require fewer materials to construct and have a smaller ecological impact, you will burn fewer fossil fuels in the summer and winter trying to maintain a comfortable living space. Consider how typical homes with their many rooms get heated and cooled, and how much of people’s time is spent in but a couple of those rooms. Meanwhile, energy is getting sucked up to heat and cool largely unused space.

For more information on tiny houses, check out some of the following websites:

Tiny House Blog
Tiny House Design
Shedworking




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About the Author

I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at: http://www.small-scale.net/yearofmud



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