Truth be told, prices of energy, gas and other resources are constantly on the rise. This is precisely why companies have recognized the need for creation of various products that will allow households to be completely autonomous.
By having a self-sustainable household, not only are you saving money but you are also making sure that you always have electricity, water, food and that you are completely independent. This is a futuristic model that is only increasing in popularity as the time goes by.
Here are some tips that will allow you to run a completely self-sustainable household.
1. Water collection
Debates whether water should be free or not are becoming more frequent all over the world. It shows us that human race is severely jeopardized when it comes to this resources and that the increasing bills are somewhat justified.
You can do your part by purchasing water barrels or a water tank. When it comes to water barrels, they allow you to harvest the water that is pouring down from the roof. This water is never utilized and can only jeopardize the structural integrity of your home.
Water tanks are used in conjunction with submersible water pumps. Together, they collect rain water and then distribute it all over the house. This water is great as it is purified and can be used for direct consumption. In that regard, tanks are definitely a better option than barrels.
2. Solar collectors
Steep drop in solar panel prices make them affordable for everyone. As you can presume, many countries of the world are trying to use this fact as they allow nice financial stimuli to homeowners who adopt this practice.
Solar panels are great as you can position them almost anywhere. Nevertheless, roof is the perfect place. This way you are avoiding any obstacles that might interfere with the collection process. If you wish, you can also place several of them in your backyard. It all depends on the use and how many you actually need.
By getting enough of them, you can become completely autonomous when it comes to energy. In time, they will pay for themselves.
3. Growing vegetables and fruits
Growing plants is the latest fab in urban areas. Although you might think that this is yet another hip thing people are doing, there is actually a good reason for it. Anyway, in cities where the industry is dying off or are experiencing big layoffs, more and more people are out of a job. As a way to feed their families, they opt for backyard gardening.Photo by hardworkinghippy
Besides the fact that this saves you money, it is also really good because it allows you to control entirety of the process. In other words, you won’t be eating genetically modified plants nor will be exposed to various harmful substances.
4. Planting trees
There are several reasons why you should plant trees.
First, although not affecting sustainability, is rather practical one: it gives you shade.
Second, if you plant fruit-bearing trees, you are able to supplement your newfound gardening passion and produce even more food.
Lastly, it is necessary to mention that trees are actually great for refining your air. Given that clean air is slowly becoming more and more polluted in urban areas (even with our best attempts to prevent this), this provides us with a good solution that will definitely have a positive impact on our health.
There are so many great things you can do with your backyard. It is really amazing how much we have progressed and what kind of options lie in front of us. With some of these tips, you will definitely be able to create a self-sustainable household.