Tiny homes

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Last week in class we discussed a lot of the problems that are going on in the environment. There seems to be so many problems, that are almost impossible to solve. But when there is a will there is a way! I have a tiny solution to the problem (pun intended) And that is tiny houses. I remember in the Documentary “before the flood” that we watched in class, they said that Americans use as much as 60 times the amount of energy per person in other countries! That is just insanity. Now how can tiny houses solve our energy uses? Simply just by using less energy to heat, cool, and power them. A typical house about 3,500 square feet releases 28,000 pounds of CO2 per year and a tiny house will only release about 2,000 pounds of CO2 a year. This could be even less if you powered your tiny home with solar panels or wind power. Also, a lot fewer resources are used to build a tiny home. An average size house uses about 7 logging trucks to provide lumber for an average house while a tiny home uses only ½ a logging truck.

Also what I think is the coolest part of a tiny home is that they are mobile! Say you get a new job, instead of throwing away your stuff and moving to a new city and buying new stuff, you can just hook your house up to a rental truck and move your home to the new city. This way you don’t have to buy new stuff every time you move! Then maybe you could move in close to work so you could walk or bike to work instead of driving every day. They are also economical because you will pay less for your energy bills, and once you cover the initial price of the tiny home, you don’t have to pay rent. Yes, tiny homes might not be for everyone, especially if you have a large family.  But for some people, it might be just right for them and they could really help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses emitted in America.

 

Sources: https://tinyhousebuild.com/tiny-houses-infographic/

 

By: Tom Walters

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7 thoughts on “Tiny homes

  1. I watched a documentary on Netflix about tiny houses and they seem really cool! At first I thought I could never live in one, coming from a decently sized house, but now I’ve learned that less is really more and I know I would be helping the environment by buying or even building my own tiny home. Awesome blog totally forgot about these.

    Jaiden Deal

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  2. I see these on TV and the internet and wonder how people can live in them without going insane. Then again I am slightly claustrophobic so I might be a little biased. Still these are really cool looking and the thought of travelling with your house seems interesting.

    – Josh Obermeyer

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  3. I think that the way these houses are portrayed on the media definitely help with their appeal. When they look so homely, everyone is wanting to get one! Who cares if they’re smaller than my dorm room, it’s a tiny house! What’s awesome is that they really are beneficial to energy output, and really make a change in the environment. Who knows, maybe they’ll be the future style. They’re definitely interesting though. Great post.

    Andrew Ebding

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  4. I have watched the television show, Tiny Houses, and it really is interesting on what the builders can do for those houses. I always think to myself, could I actually live in one of those? But if more people did it would make a lot less damage on our environment. Like you stated before, “A typical house about 3,500 square feet releases 28,000 pounds of CO2 per year and a tiny house will only release about 2,000 pounds of CO2 a year. This could be even less if you powered your tiny home with solar panels or wind power.” this opened my eyes to how much one house really does emit CO2 compared to a tiny house. Good read!

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  5. I love tiny homes and the fact that it’s such a growing trend. Like Jaiden mentioned, I too have watched the documentary and it was so cool! Obviously, the extremes of living in such a small space are difficult to adjust to but I love seeing the change in our generations mindset compared to the last. We’re going from tons of McMansions to seeing smaller, more sustainable homes really start trending.

    Victoria Obermeyer

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  6. My fiance and I have two dogs and we are planning on piling into a tiny home once we graduate and can move out of Cincinnati. We wanted to build one sooner, but we don’t have any friends or family with land.

    I know two different people that built and live in tiny homes now, totally powered by solar panels too! I honestly cannot wait. It is obviously a huge adjustment, but its more than manageable, especially when you’re living in a place that allows you to spend most of your days and nights hiking or camping!

    Also if anyones interested, theres a brand called Tumbleweed that makes builds for custom houses you can either order and assemble yourself for 20-30k or for 50-70k they will build them for you, and both options can be mortgaged if you so choose.

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  7. I think this is a fascinating generation trend. More and more people and new families are doing away with excess in the realms of materialistic desires and pouring more of their time and money into themselves, their community, their travels and hobbies. These tiny homes are just another awesome produce of this paradigm shift away from a heavy consumer mentality. Thanks for the great read.

    -Allison Johnson

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