Self Sustaining House?

Big J and I have always wanted a self-sustainable house. ¬†Where we don’t have to depend on the electric company or water company for our utilities. But then maybe, we could just have a backup electricity or water source now and then. I just can’t imagine life without the lights and running water.

Since I opted not to get an epidural when I gave birth, I always told myself that I can do it without drugs since women from several generations ago didn’t need them. So, I guess, I would also be able to live without utilities.

Not!

Maybe (just maybe!) I could bake our own bread from scratch or cook pancakes from flour but the utilities need to be subscribed. However, we’ve chosen to be a bit independent. Since we’re currently building our house, we’ve opted to install a solar powered heater. I can’t take a bath without hot water – that’s just me. Also, we’re going to have a water storage from our roof deck if in case running water would be turned off (in times that there’s water shortage from dams), we’d still have something to use for cleaning/cooking.

The cost of the heater and water storage would cost us a bit for now but in the long run it will save us money. We think of it as an investment.

We’re not yet finished building our house but if you have tips/suggestions building a self sustained house, please do let me know. It would be most appreciated.


The Lazy Mama

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  • ardel claveria
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    Hi Carol! Found your website through the comment you left at Design Folder.

    Good thing that you intend to adopt a sustainable design for your new house. Our posts under conscious living might be of help, especially the ones on passive cooling, water-saving tips, and how green is green. They’re written by an architect who’s majoring on environmental architecture.

    The book Natural House Book by David Pearson might also be helpful. :)

    1. The Lazy Mama
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      Thanks Ardel! I will look into that. We’re really looking forward to more modifications for a self sustaining house – just out of budget right now. Do you think Powerbooks carries that book?

      1. ardel claveria
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        i think so. if i’m not mistaken, my boyfriend got his copy from national bookstore. kaya lang that was many years ago.

        having a sustainable house doesn’t need to be expensive or high-tech. in fact, if you would read through papers by hard-core environmentalists, they are advocating for a return to the simple life. yun lang, it’s the more difficult route!

        all the best on your “green” journey.

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