Yes, I want to live in an off-grid home with a weird name because the concept is brilliant! Here’s why.
Earthships – 100% sustainable homes that are super affordable to build because it is made from recycled materials. To some, sustainable mean primitive but it’s not. In this case, it means modern. When people hear about sustainable off-grid living, they usually picture primitive, rustic homes. But these homes look much more artistic and sleek than other forms of sustainable living.
Free Food – Each Earthship is built with a greenhouse which will grow food year round and you can build ponds to raise fish indoors.
Recycled Water – Earthships have a rain-harvesting system on the roof of the structure that funnels rain water to a cistern. The water is used 4 times, as follows:
- The water is pumped to sinks and showers,
- Then the ‘grey water’ from the sinks and showers is pumped to the greenhouse to water the plants,
- Then after being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped into the bathrooms for use in the toilets, and
- Finally, the ‘black water’ is flushed outside to water the lawn.
Here is an illustration of how the home functions.
Warmth & Shelter – One of the most amazing things about the Earthship is the ability to maintain heat year-round. Even in freezing temperatures or blistering heat, the Earthship constantly stay around 70° Fahrenheit (22° Celsius). Solar heat is absorbed and stored in dirt filled tires which make up the structure of the Earthship. The large greenhouse windows face south to allow the sun to heat up the interior throughout the day. So when the interior cools down at night the thermal mass releases the heat into home.
Solar Energy & Wind Power – Solar panels and wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the energy it needs year round.
Freedom From Utility Bills – The cost to maintain the home is $100-$300 annually, this home does NOT have utility bills, I repeat, NO monthly utility bills. That’s music to my ears and money in my pocket. I love it just for that reason alone.
Cheap To Build– Earthships are a lot cheaper than conventional houses. The Simple Survival model is the most basic Earthship that cost about $7000.
The most glamorous models cost as much as $300,000 and up to build depending on your style. The way I see it, it makes sense to build this home than a traditional home. That’s a dang good reason for me to build an Earthship, $7,000. I could always add-on in the future.
Made Of Recycled Materials – A good portion of the Earthship is built with recycled materials like used tires filled with dirt.
Tires are abundant and some businesses will pay you to take away the tires or they will just give them to you. There’s no shortage of tires. This awful looking reef in Ft. Lauderdale’s (Disastrous Underwater Tire Reef) is proof.
The other recycled materials are plastic and glass bottles. They are in the walls (above the tires) mixed in with concrete. The bottles are a form of rebar.
When you have the time, check out the Documentary, Garbage Warrior. It shows Michael Reynolds struggles and achievements to build this self-sustainable home.
During my visit to Earthship Biotecture, I realized that building an Earthship is within my reach. Join me on my journey to build an Earthship. It should be interesting.
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