In this continuation, I will be discussing either creating / building your own tiny home to create a smaller carbon footprint or have one built by a professional builder to your suiting. Plus I will be discussing the ways of being self sufficient and where to go to learn more on how to grow your own food sources, and establishing a rain water collection system to harness the rain to use either as a primary source or secondary source of water for your home.
My previous blog started out talking about creating a small carbon footprint by downsizing and living a more simple life by having a tiny home which to most people who live in bigger cities would seem just impossible to do when you have a large family. Contrary to popular belief, living in a space that is roughly anywhere from 120 square foot to 300 square foot is possible and can be achieved for those who want to escape the busy life of living in a big city to living with more freedom to do what you want and live the way you prefer. To some in could be a matter of religious or lifestyle preference, and to others it could be a matter of just wanting to change your way of life to seperate yourself from the stress and repetitive day to day living in crowded cities.
I wanted to list some websites that will explain more to what I am talking about with living smaller simpler lives which can and will give you the feeling of freedom and less stress.
These 4 links are just the start of what you can find along with many books tht you can find in your local bookstores. Tiny-the Movie is one of the best videos I have seen that portrays normal people like you and I who decided they wanted to make a change and to live the way they want, along with they steps they took to achieve their goals. Tiny House Blog has an option to allow the site to send you a regular email which lists tiny homes that are for sale which can also give you many great ideals if you are wanting to construct your own and have it be to your liking.
The majority of the homes you will see are either professionally built or from a kit which you can buy and assemble yourself, to home made homes that people have envisioned and then made their vision come to fruition. Some homes range from $5000.00 all the way up to 30,000.00, it varies depending on how modern to how rustic you want your home to be. Doing your own research and learning all you can before setting out to build your own can help guide you to creating your own space that is truly your own and resembles your personality. Now there are those who will ask "how can you live in that small of a space"? The answer is simple, try it yourself for 24 hours to a weekend and you will see for yourself, and I can bet you that once they try it that they will want their own.
Granted that most who choose to live smaller are single people who enjoy having the freedom to live their own life but there is one family of 4 who have managed to successfully live in a 300 square foot home with 2 lofts, one for the adults and one for the kids. There was also one other family of 3 who also were living in a 300 square foot home, the teenager had the loft to himself in where he had stated he had 6 of his friends up in the loft with him hanging out so anything is possible.
Lets continue on to the subject of self sustainability,
The term self sustainability or self sufficiency comes from those who have mastered living seperated from the commercialism of obtaining food supplies, clothing, home needs, furnishings etc....
Being self sufficient justmeans that you are able to create your own necessities in order to live, take for example: a homesteader living in a remote area ofthe states far from the nerest citywho relies upon growing his or her own food, raising livestock for meat, collecting rainwater for a water source and then turn around and utilize those sources to sometimes turn a profit by selling extra food to surrounding neighbors who may not have what they need. they also collect the natural seeds to keep on hand for each season so they can continue to keep growing their own veggies and herbs. Therie are homesteaders who want absolutely nothing to do with the outside world and have lived their way of life for many generations and are happy doing so, they do however rely on others to bring them the supplies they may need from time to time. then there are others who learn how to live solely off the land just like native American Indians lived many years ago. Those are the people who have learned what is eatible and what is posisonous and have used what mother earth has provided to create a living space that is suitable and easy to maintain.
Here are some websites which will help you to learn more about self sustainability and permaculture:
Lastly, I would like to talk about how you can develop your own rain catchment system.
People who decided to make the change to living totally off grid, made that choice to become free of either rent or mortgage then realized it was possible to have a water source that was totally natural and free to use and that is rainwater.
Now in most areas that see alot of rain occur, folks out in rural areas have created their own way to collect the water that moter nature provides for us. Most just divert their rain spouts into large 30 gallon plastic barrels then use that water as either a primary or secondary water source to use in or around the home. Others have constructed a way to not only divert that rain water but have gone the estra step to make a filtration system to filter out any type of impurities that may occur as they use that water for their primary source for the home, but also create a way to repurpose the grey water for outdoor use.
here are some helpful links for you that will explain more about creating a rain catchment system:
There are other links that apply to certain states as belive it or not there are some states where they do not see all that much rain each year where they have laws in place that prevent you from diverting rain water for personal use. Most of these laws are like 200 years old but most of them apply to people living in cities where they do not allow rain water catchment systems at all, thsoe who are in rural areas are less likely to be held to those old laws but just the same it is adviseable to check out your own city to see if they have any laws pertaining to diverting rain water for personal use.
I hope this series is helpful to those pagans out there who want to live a more simple way of life and be more self sufficient.
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