Are you building a new home or are you just updating the one you already own and are considering a new sustainable heating solution? Because utility costs are on the rise and people are becoming more and more concerned about the environment, sustainable heating solutions are more important than they ever were. But what is available and which ones would be right for your home?
Energy from the sun is responsible for almost all forms of power which we use in our everyday lives. The fossil fuels we use are stored energy from plants which grew in sunlight millions of years ago. Winds are generated from weather systems formed under the suns influence. hydropower comes from free flowing water which wouldn’t flow free without the sun’s heat. Solar power is the driving force behind the processes which govern life on our planet.
In Maine, whitewater rafting is considered an experience that will stick with you for a very long time. This adventure, however, used to mean that you had to camp out in the wide outdoors. This made it a great experience, because there is nothing like sitting with the people you care about the most around a campfire, talking through all hours of the night. However, not everyone was interested in that particular part of the adventure. So now, in this day, you are given the choice to camp out or stay in a lodge, private home, or cabin. Although it may not seem like you are getting the whole benefit of the experience to some people, others beg to differ and will agree that the adventure is just as much fun without the camping.
Power4Home offers simple plans for you to build your own sustainable energy generators. These plans use simple materials and most individuals complete the project for less than two-hundred dollars. Most families spend close to that amount on energy costs in just one month during the hot summer or cold winter months.
Shop locally. Clothing made in the United States or, better yet, your hometown, reduces the amount of energy needed to ship that garment to your neighborhood store. And you’re supporting the local economy.
Wood is a renewable source, however you need to be careful what type of wood you choose. Hard wood tress such as oak take a very long time to grow and do not grow again once they have been cut down. This makes these types of wood inappropriate to use because it is unsustainable. Pine on the other hand is fast growing and makes a good, durable wood. Pine is very much sustainable. Another type of wood that is catching on around the world is that from bamboo. This doesn’t’ take very long to grow and keeps growing even once cut down. One plant can keep on producing wood for decades. Because there is just a couple of years needed for bamboo to grow to a good size it offers total sustainability. Bamboo flooring is extremely durable and hard wearing too and requires little maintenance.
The U.S. is definitely not immune to the possibility of what is know as hyper inflation. This is where the costs of everyday goods go through the roof. The result is the loss in value of the American dollar. If this happens, the dollar will only buy a fraction of what it can buy today.
What is sustainable living? It is do-able. One baby step after another. Each constructive action at your personal and family level will eventually have an impact in the community you live and the rest of the world.