Friday, December 22nd, 2017 by Gwen Hurd
Everyone is talking about downsizing, about minimalism and about reducing their footprint on the world. People are moving into tiny homes and living with less.
I find this commitment to sustainability incredibly admirable. But I don’t have the kind of life that lends itself to tiny house living. My husband owns his own business and has a garage full of power tools. I have a 6-month-old baby who needs a ridiculous amount of stuff to get through a day. We live in New England and need appropriate clothing for every season. We can’t live in a tiny house. And I’m guessing that most of you can’t live in a tiny house either.
So how can you make your home as sustainable as possible, without sacrificing the space that you need to live in?
Start with making your home feel fresh. Embrace the minimal lifestyle as much as you can. Go through your possessions and donate whatever you don’t need. Create the tiny house vibe by keeping only the things you need and love: reorganize your space. Once you’ve done that, you can focus on making energy efficient improvements.
Buying all new energy efficient appliances sounds like fun because everyone loves new stuff! But that plan is both super expensive and bad for the environment. When an appliance breaks, replace it with something energy efficient, but don’t buy things you don’t need. The best thing you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to insulate your home.
If you think you have enough insulation, you’re probably wrong. A Dr. Energy Saver home energy audit can determine exactly where your home needs upgrades. After we upgrade your insulation, your home will feel as buttoned up and cozy as a tiny house!