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.
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.