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postheadericon Could You Move to a Tiny House?

I love to watch those Tiny House shows on TV. Since I am a pack rat I just can’t imagine moving from the house that I am in now to a Tiny House. I have a 5 bedroom house.. and it is packed to the rafters… in every nook and cranny. I hate to part with anything.. and although Hubby will not admit it, he is almost as bad as I am.

I can’t help it I like my things….

So the idea of moving into a smaller house.. not even to think of one of those Tiny Houses is just not even in my thinking plan.. BUT…

On many of those episodes I see people who have lots of stuff and then just decide that they want to down size.. and Just Do It!…..I applaud them for being able to do that. Not sure what mind set I would have to be in to be able to do that… I would be happy if I could just get rid of the top layer of stuff… Well OK  how about saying clearing out one room…. that in itself would be amazing…

So how do they do it? Several of them said that they would rather spend money on travel than have a large home… I guess that would be a good reason… but the thing is, most of the time 2 people would have to agree on that, Both husband and wife…. My hubby and me find very little to agree on so I am not sure that this would be one of those things that we would see eye to eye on.

Many of the Tiny Homes that are built on those TV shows are really very clever. They have great storage ideas. I love it that they are built on wheels.. so that your able to pick up and MOVE….

I have found a site that has great pictures of a Tiny Home. You can see their idea here.

While I was poking around I found another place that even offered great ideas to help pay for that Tiny Home….. You can find that site here…… Sponsormatic

So what do you think about living in a Tiny Home?….. Do you think you could do it?.. Just one question, what would you do with all your STUFF?

postheadericon Taking Charge: Living Off-Grid

I had to share this great video I found with you about living off the grid…..It might not be for everyone but this video will show you that the homes look very typical to any other home. They just did a bit more planning. It looks like the additional planning really paid off.

Living “off the grid” may conjure images of counter-culture hippies or the old-fashioned ways of the Amish, but there’s a growing movement of people who generate their own electricity and live in the lap of luxury without ever paying a utility bill.

Correspondent Patty Kim meets some of the estimated 180,000 families across North America using clean energy technology to become self-sufficient and enjoy all the comforts of modern life, off the grid.

Here are some ideas for living off the grid…. It is a nice assortment of DIY projects. Even if you don’t want to live off the grid I bet you would like to reduce the cost you pay for your energy. The Green Living Kit.

postheadericon Harness the Power of Mother Nature

Even if you are not ready to live “off the grid” YET… you might be ready to reduce the amount that you pay for your electricity. There are several ways that your able to cut the cost of heating your home and water supply. With a bit of guidance your able to create many of these alternative energy options yourself.

Living off the grid is something that many people think would be a great way to live. I for one.. think it sounds good in theory but I am not ready to make that move yet. But I would be very interested in reducing the amount of money that we spend on heating the home and on heating the water for nice hot baths, doing dishes and laundry. I am a country girl but still not ready to give up those things just yet.

Alternative energy options are all around us. Both wind power and solar power are just outside the door. The trick is to harness the power of the wind and the sun and make it work for you. Taking advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer… Now doesn’t that sound simply? People all over the world are reducing their energy costs by seeking ways to harness the power of the sun and the wind.

Of all the ways to reduce what we spend on energy it would be hard to choose which one to tackle FIRST. Not sure if I would want to install a solar water heater, check into solar panels,.. or maybe look into the idea of a wind turbine…. or a solar generator. I don’t think it really matters which one to check into first. What is important is to pick one and go for it.

But where to start… The internet would be a great place to start, and that was my first step. The thing is while I was checking into a few different money saving ideas using alternative energy… many of the posts and articles took me back to the same place. The site talked about the most popular solar and wind options but it offered several other ideas as well… all that guided me to create these money saving options myself and were all together in one place… called The Green Living Kit

Here are 7 Reasons Why You NEED The Green Living Kit

1- You will save hundreds of dollars every month for the rest of your life.

2- You will be helping our environment and setting the pace for the future.

3- You will have fun. These are great projects to do with friends and family.

4- You will have extra money to spend on what is important.

5- You will feel good about yourself for what you are doing for our planet.

6- You will feel financially free because rising energy prices won’t affect you.

7- You will be in control of your energy instead of the government.
If your into saving money on home heating and other ideas of that nature check out The Green Living Kit. It is indeed a complete kit that has one of those offers that will be hard to refuse. It has many guides that are all step by step and are designed to save you money with alternative energy options.

postheadericon Build your own Solar Oven

Like the idea of baking without the use of electricity or gas?
Here is an easy project for you to do.
Just a few items is all that is needed.
For how to info  check it out here.

postheadericon An Inconvenient Truth. Who Knew?


A Tale of 2 Houses

House #1
A 20 room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all heated by gas. In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2400 per month.. In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not situated in a Northern or Midwestern ’snow belt’ area. It’s in the South.

House #2
Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university. This house incorporates every ‘green’ feature current home construction can provide. The house is 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on a high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground.

The water (usually 67 degrees F) heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas and it consumes one-quarter the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the property to blend into the surrounding rural landscape. The heating/cooling system is so efficient that initial plans to install solar panels were cancelled.

HOUSE #1 is outside of Nashville, Tennessee .
it is the abode of the ‘Environmentalist’ Al Gore.

HOUSE #2 is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas.
Residence of the Former President of the United States, George W. Bush.

Yes, it’s “An inconvenient truth..”

I DID check Snopes prior to posting this. You can verify it at