Tiny Living: the Eco-Friendly Way
Many people are concerned about the environment and are therefore interested in living in an ecologically friendly way. One of the latest ideas on how to reduce one’s impact on the environment is to live in a tiny house. The concept is to live in a small dwelling that is made of recyclable materials, if that’s possible.
Some of these houses are only 9 square meters yet contain all that a person really needs, including a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a living area. Space is obviously at a premium, so everything has to be carefully designed to make the best use of it. Many tiny houses are made of wood and use as much renewable energy as possible. Since they are small, they require less resources than a conventional house.
Small Living and the Environment
Researchers have shown that such small living areas actually are more environmentally friendly than the averaged sized house. In fact, a 2,500 square foot house uses over 20,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, but a small 186 square foot house requires only about 1/10 of that. Obviously, a smaller house uses less building materials so has fewer needs in terms of electricity compared with a larger house. This means not only that electricity cheaper but less fossil fuel is used.
A tiny house takes up less space, so the idea is that you can live among the trees rather than cutting them down to make space for a larger building.
Smart Use of Resources
Some people in European countries are very keen on tiny homes that can be used to reduce their carbon footprint. In fact, some homes are built from natural, sustainable materials such as can be seen in a hobbit house. This house is built into a hillside and uses materials locally sourced from a nearby forest. This has had a limited impact on its surroundings since it is well integrated into the landscape and is almost completely off grid using solar power for heating and electricity.
Some countries are even looking into recycling old shipping containers as houses for people. This is a great way to reuse pre-existing materials to create a small living unit. These can be stacked vertically to create housing options for many people and to save on horizontal space. In fact, many urban areas are facing a housing crisis and are interested in ways to efficiently provide for people. Small prefabricated dwellings may be the answer for such housing problems, especially where space is at a luxury.
Some smaller houses are being built to mainly run on solar power, which is a great source of renewable energy. The only problem, of course, is that you would have to live in a country that receives enough sunlight for solar power to be feasible – so a solar powered home in Iceland in winter might not be the best option. There are many ideas today for reducing our carbon footprint, and living in a tiny house is certainly an option that can help save our planet.