EARTH HOMES - The New way of living

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

I remembered when earth homes or living off the grid was considered "crazy". Whenever I would bring it up to my friends, they would most the time give me that crazy look like O.K Jenn. You are one hippie lady. Now with this pandemic,  people are finally opening up the idea. Imagine living in a home that is not only eco friendly but self-sustainable. You never need to make any essential runs unless you want to. You have a garden in the back growing all the things you love to eat. You are surrounded by a community that believes in the same value as you. You can do trades of seeds, food, or even gathering of dinners. It's a never-ending project until you feel it is and there will be people around who would love to help one another build a great earth home. This idea isn't something of the imagination no more but reality. There are over thousands of earth homes around mostly in new Mexico. 

Micheal Reynolds, An architect, built the first Earthship in the 1970s.  It is pretty clear by now the way we live on this planet is not that stable and that secure, not to mention that ecological.  Forests were being cleared for timber and toilet paper while trash was exponentially increasing. To solve those two problems Reynolds built a house made of beer cans. When that was successful he then started using tires and bottles to build structures.

What are the six things all humans need to survive? Food, energy, clean water, shelter, garbage management, and sewage treatment.  An Earthship meets ALL of those requirements. 

What? that's crazy how does it work? A traditional Earthship is built into the ground. where the grounds help regulates temperature. Windows on the south side of the building create warmth and sunlight helps grow food. The great thing about these is that you can build yours however you like it. You can add solar panels to your roof and even build a rainwater collector. The sky is the limit. 

Since the COVID 19, an interest in Earthhomes spiked.  It's awesome to see the interest raising so fast. It reassures me that people are indeed waking up and taking their lives into their own hands. Why live in a cramped apartment when you can live in a home outside of the city with everything you need and more. Financially it is better as well. Building one or buying one could cost around 70,000 but once built, you wouldn't need to pay for electricity bills, water bills, rent, or mortgage! The only thing you would need to pay for monthly is property taxes and of course any other added things you want such as the internet. The monthly bills are what people are drowning under. When you start to put all these factors together, Earthhomes and living off-grid seem like a pretty good idea haha.