I want to do my part to save the planet, and I want some breathing room.
So I guess I do what many people do -- I compromise.......
I don't live in a 50,000 sq. ft. house, but I don't live in a matchbook either. I do have one of my downspouts disconnected and allow the rainwater to flow into my back yard. It helps water the plants, and also filters the rainwater on its way back to the Willamette River.
I have a 90%+ furnace and it's set at 67 during the fall and winter. I wear a sweatshirt and am perfectly comfortable. I'm working at lowering my carbon footprint.
So to answer your question: a cruise ship cabin-sized house? H*ll no!! On the other hand, Bill Gates and I are not neighbors.
I wear sweatshirts during winter, I have a downspout disconnected, I combine road trips, and no tree fears me.
Breathing room is important to me -- and on the other hand, so is the air that I breath!
But on the other hand, I don't live in a huge house either (like certain mouthy self important people that want to tell ME I should limit my "carbon footprint" . Who will remiain nameless but whose initials are Al Gore, The Hypocrite) I have the rain fill barrels which I treat and use to water my lawn and gardens during dry times. I try to conserve gasoline, I keep my thermostat set at 76-78 in the summer and 68-70 in the winter and dress accordingly. I use the most efficient appliances I can buy, I have heavy insulation in my home etc etc etc. I do this for two reasons. The first is to conserve resources, the second most important is to conserve money so I can afford to continue cruising.....
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I know some one who built a little house like this, but no I would not live in one like this. I dont live in a large home, and not because I cannot afford it. I have a Dutch background and am just not used to these humungous houses. I recycle, turn down the heat, have the AC on timers and am careful with car use, car pool, combine errands and so on. All the light bulbs are changed, except for the dinning chandelier, we turn off things not being used, and various other things that I cannot think of but I am known for conserving power and heat and re using items.
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I currently live in a 584 Sq Ft place and I keep it simple. The bedroom is dark all the time (because the stairs are outside the window and the wall blocks the sun) I keep two box fans running and the ceiling fan on, the a/c is on only when I go to sleep. Even then, I set it at 80F. When I leave, everything is turned off except the refridgerator. $20.00 - $40.00 light bills are the norm for me. I don't drive unless I have to and I keep the trips efficient. On my off days, it is not unusual for my car to sit undriven for three days straight. On work days, I drive 4 miles each way and park it when I get home to stay until the next work day.
No, I would not live in a cruise ship size cabin.
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