Do you have to live in a tiny house to live an eco friendly lifestyle? I suppose not, but it obviously helps a bit!
One of my favorite blogs about living green is The Zero Waste Home. This family moved from a larger home to a smaller home in the effort to reduce their eco footprint, among numerous other lifestyle changes. From what I gather, I think they were living a pretty comfortable lifestyle, and it seems they are still living in a bigger home than we are (ehm, 1000 sq ft of living space for a family of 4, soon to be 5), but the point is their choice to downsize for the sake of the environment. Wow. How many of us make that choice? How many people say, “Yep, I can afford something bigger and better, but I’m choosing the simpler route to be more earth conscious.”
It is people like this that I look up to when I am dreaming of new home plans and looking at properties. We feel pretty tightly packed in our current home, especially given we are at home more often than most families because of homeschooling. Does a 4,000 sq ft house sound amazing, with a sitting room off the master bedroom? Yes! Besides the fact that we can’t afford it without me going back to work (and putting kids in daycare and public school… a total change in lifestyle, all for this grand sitting room!), do we need it? Absolutely not.
A bigger house is more to clean, so using more water, more cleaning supplies, more electricity vacuuming, plus the energy and money to control the temperature! You are also using more land space for this home instead of having trees, grass, or garden in its place, plus the amount of materials used to build and keep up the home… you can see how this snowballs quickly.
I will probably always dream of the house with a sitting room, library, and solarium, but realistically, a 2,000 sq ft house would fit us just fine, inshaAllah. When Hubby and I think about it, we know we won’t die if we live in our current home forever either. We have a nice back yard we can keep a decent garden, and our heating and air conditioning bills are smaller than any other place I’ve lived. Yay for great insulation and newer windows! Now just to remind myself of this when I’m searching online for a new place to live.
Does your wish to live with a smaller eco footprint color your decision in a home?