Wikipedia defines sustainable as: “The capacity to endure. In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time”. So when the topics of sustainable homes and sustainable lifestyle are discussed, in general, we mean being self-sufficient.
In an effort to be sustainable, we are growing our own food and capturing rainwater. We are finding ways to supply our own energy and we are finding ways to recycle so that we waste less. We have created a small ecosystem that allows us the capacity to endure what may come. And after the equilibrium has finally been met, we can then say we are indeed, sustainable.
Being sustainable requires getting educated on the subject and then a lot work to make it happen. There is a trial and error process that requires patience and takes time. The majority of us would be happy living in a home that is solar passive, but comfortable What we need to realize is that for anyone that is building a home from the ground up or renovating their current home, the goals of being sustainable are possible.
How Do You Go About Turning Sustainable?
First, you need to decide just how sustainable you want to be. You can determine this by answering these questions.
– What is your end goal?
– Do you want a home that is comfortable while being energy efficient?
– Do you want to collect enough water so that you don’t have to rely on the main supply in your area or are you looking to simple subsidize your usage?
– Do you want to create all of your own power? Or do you plant to sell your power back to the local grid?
– Will you grow your own food?
Can You Afford To Become Sustainable?
The buzz phrases and words energy efficient, solar passive, and sustainable usually bring dollar signs to anyone’s mind. Most of us believe to use these sustainable methods is expensive, and some of products are. But there are alternatives such as starting with a design that is efficient.
When a home is incorrectly orientated, more energy is used to cool, heating and provide lighting. As such, the homeowner is already behind the curve before they even get started. For the homeowner that is renovating, the key aspects that need to be looked at prior to starting is a budget and how it will be spent on photo-voltaic power cells, rainwater tanks, etc.