A tiny house is one that is built on wheels. This differs from a small house, which is 250 to 1,000 square feet and meets building codes with running water, heating, and cooling. The sustainability benefits are substantial with a tiny house. Here are just a few pluses:
Less space, less waste. It’s difficult to own a lot of possessions, like clothing and “stuff,” like plastics and non-recyclable packaging, which potentially have negative impact on the environment.
Built with sustainable materials. Tiny homes can be built with reclaimed wood and salvaged materials curated from yard sales, the dump, or even Craigslist. Sustainable building materials can also be purchased from companies that sell sustainably sourced materials.
Off-the-grid living. A tiny house doesn’t require electricity, running water, or flushing toilets. You can live in your tiny house and source sustainable items, like outdoor composting toilets as well as solar panels for electricity generation.
Save energy. As you might imagine, it doesn’t take a lot of energy to heat or cool a tiny house.
Tip adapted from Green Future[i]
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