It is probably safe to assume that most people care about the environment, but not enough to actually take bigger steps towards improving it. And it is understandable. Too often the stability we have in our everyday lives is too big of a thing to risk in order to accommodate a different, insecure and even controversial lifestyle. Not to mention that there clearly isn’t enough sufficient information out there, which deals with such issues and certain problems that our society faces. Sure enough, there is a lot written on the topic of preservation of Earth’s nature, but rarely you see useful advice or just general information to help you with picking a better lifestyle for you and the world altogether. That being said, many people have started to realize the problems, which are present in our lives and have started to think less fanatical and rather more practical.
Many house designers have made it a goal to figure out ways to build structures in a rather more efficient way. Many turn their eyes towards self-sustainability. That means a house should have ways to collect water, sometimes to recycle it. It means that new kind of solar panels are installed. Many even serve a double purpose – they act as windows as well. The outside is covered in solar panels and there are even new, more efficient wind turbines that help the overall goal as well. You may think this will cost a lot – and it actually does, but it pays for itself. Many businesses have embraced the idea and now there are building, which also sell harvested electricity, while they still have enough for the entire building’s needs.
This is indeed a rather impressive feat of human architecture and technology. But what good does it do for you? This is the question, which needs answering. And the truth it is – it doesn’t necessarily change your life that much, but it helps the environment, it gives you a bit more security, not having to depend on the government that much (i.e. having your own water and electricity supply), and after all – if that is the future (it probably is), adopting it earlier has benefits, like being able to sell your stored energy supplies, being educated in the field of environment friendly homes, allowing you to make projects of your own, even consider investing in something like that.
Of course, such things need a lot of consideration. You can’t just hop on a car and move to such a house. Maybe you even ask yourself if there are even such option in the city where you live. I had to search quite a lot to find something more suitable and I live in Chicago. And even when I did actually find a decent, environment friendly home (but hardly self-sustainable) I still had to think of logistics. It is easy to hire a moving company for the relocation, but you can imagine that such a home wouldn’t go well with all my stuff like furniture and some appliances even. I mean it could, but if you care in the least bit about interior design, you would get my idea.
But in the end that is what you need to know – such an investment is worth it. You don’t even have to look it from naturalistic point of view. It is purely a good business plan in the long run and it is probably fine for a single family home as well. I think we should rather embrace the future than ignore it.