Inspired by my friend Joel and his recent Facebook posts, my mind has been thinking about off grid living and eco homes. I went through a slight obsession in my twenties with Monolithic Bubble Domes, and really, really wanted to live in one.
I still like the monolithic style but my tastes have changed over the years and I think I would rather be in an Earthship or an old adobe.
|Example of an Earthship|
Living in an Earthship or an adobe house will probably have to wait until we move to New Mexico but the entire point of these homes is to be off the grid - to say goodbye to PG&E! You don't need a groovy eco home to start weaning yourself from the grid. There are many ways to make a home more energy efficient, like proper insulation, updating windows and buying Energy Star appliances to name a few. You can also reduce your dependence on utilities. Use candles during the evening, collect rain water for use in the garden, heat your home with wood, etc. So much information is available online and in books to help get you started and provide you with hundreds of ideas. Going 100% of grid (no sewer!) might be difficult unless you are custom building a home with your goals in mind but incorporating some energy saving improvements into your current dwelling will benefit the environment and your pocket book.
|Powering the home with Solar Panels|
Great resources for eco living:
- 1001 Ways To Save The Earth by Joanna Yarrow
- The Natural House: A Complete Guide To Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes by Daniel D. Chiras
- Living Off The Grid: Environmentally Prudent, Financially Smart & Truly Independent by Mr. Brendan Zottl
- Pets Gone Green: Live A More Eco-Conscious Life With Your Pets by Eve Adamson
So now you know what I've been thinking/researching/reading about today. I'm not through either, so I'll see you later! I'm off to look at eco home blueprints.
~ Love & Light ~