Downsizing is the way of the future. With an ever-growing world population and house prices on the rise, tiny homes make for a great alternative to regular houses. They also contribute towards a smaller carbon footprint, making tiny homes eco-friendlier.
With global warming of great concern in today’s society, conservationists have come up with new ways to support the environment. Incorporate these five ideas into your tiny home to support the environment.
Refurbish, repurpose and upcycle
The tiny house movement is being redefined by shipping containers. Utilize one as the skeleton of a tiny home. This emerging trend is cost-effective, time-efficient and a great way to reuse materials.
Create your own DIY projects by re-purposing old furniture. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Take a trip to your local second-hand store for some great finds. Otherwise, up-cycle your old dining table or chest of drawers with a new varnish. Cover your old couch cushions with new fabric. Paint your patio furniture to add some character to your home. The possibilities are endless.
Use alternative, natural energy
Solar panels are an expensive upfront cost. However, they become a cost-effective solution over time. Heating a tiny home won’t require many solar panels.
Having adequate windows is also very important. Windows offer light and heat through sunlight. That eliminates the need to use artificial lighting and heating during the day. Choose double-glazed windows and use a metal oxide coating to prevent heat loss.
Windows are also important for ventilation. This makes for an energy-efficient alternative for both an air-conditioner and dehumidifier. Ventilation will bring in fresh air to cool the house and remove dampness in the air.
Opt for organic products
Environmentally-conscious individuals should consider buying organic products. This includes organic fabrics. Typically, these fabrics include natural and recycled fibers grown without pesticides.
Organic fabrics aren’t limited to clothing. Think outside the box. Consider organic bedding, curtains and tablecloths to name a few.
Turn your waste into compost
Every tiny house needs suitable waste disposal. The majority of tiny houses install composting toilets. They’re a self-contained, essentially waterless option. This eliminates the need for connection to a septic system and paying for exuberant installation fees. Surprisingly, they’re odourless!
Over time, the organic matter decomposes. Use this compost in your sustainable vegetable and herb garden.
With solar panelling and a composting toilet, all you need to go completely off-grid is a water tank. This opens the possibility to embrace a self-sustainable lifestyle.
Make compost with your food scraps. Using a food waste disposal unit is an environmentally-responsible way to discard food scraps. They’re usually hooked up to your septic system, but it can be easily converted for use as compost.
Decorate with plants
Plants will offset your carbon footprint and make a great addition to your home. They absorb carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases. Through the process of photosynthesis, plants purify the air inside your home.
Plants are a great way to use nature as the decor in your house, providing a pop of colour and a beautiful, calming aroma.
If you have space outdoors, or even by the kitchen windowsill, consider growing a vegetable and herb garden. Growing your own produce eliminates the waste concerning transport and packaging.
Awareness of the importance of sustainable living is on the rise. So too is the availability of sustainable living options. House dwellers are adopting green practices to preserve the Earth’s precious and dwindling resources. Incorporate these five Earth-friendly choices into your sustainable tiny home.
About the Author
Cloe Matheson is a freelance writer from Dunedin, New Zealand. She collaborated with various sites and writer on a range of topics including home, travel and health. Cloe enjoys spending her quiet time sitting outdoors with a cup of coffee.