The tiny house movement is in full swing, and you can’t even get on social media these days without seeing a story about it. But what’s the big deal? Why live in a shoe closet anyway?
For starters, you can drastically reduce your carbon footprint by living in a tiny house. There are fewer building materials to buy, and many tiny houses are being made from reclaimed materials instead of brand new ones. You have less space to heat and cool and less space for appliances, so your energy consumption will be minimal. You could even go all out and install solar panels and rain barrels for true off-the-grid living!
Because of this, you can drastically reduce your bills. In addition to having lower utility bills, you can also count on lower property taxes and homeowner’s insurance. You will also clean less and spend less time and money on maintenance.
Also check your insulation. The insulation pros at Allstate Roofing claim that “a homeowner can spend hundreds of dollars extra on heating or cooling a home without even realizing it solely due to improper insulation.” Use weather stripping and consider replacing your old leaky windows and doors. The up front cost might be on the high side, but it will pay off big time in the long run. Finally, consider adding solar panels to your home to harness the energy of the sun. Learn more about making your home energy efficient from this infographic.
To learn more about how the tiny house movement is at the forefront of the green living movement, check out this infographic. Do you think you could downsize? Share this infographic with your friends to get the dialogue going. If everyone gives up a few square feet here and there, we can make a big difference in the world’s carbon emissions.