Reduce Your Footprint with Tiny House Living - by Kylee Mason
Choosing a tiny house as opposed to a larger one is not just an aesthetic, it’s a smart financial choice. Around 68% of tiny homeowners do not have a mortgage because the prices are so low, according to Marko Rubel, a real estate investment expert. Beyond mortgage savings, water conservation plays a big role when transitioning into a tiny home. In this vein, what benefits can you reap regarding tiny house living and water conservation features?
Only about 3% of the water on our planet is fresh and only 0.5% of that is potable, according to the US Bureau of Reclamation. The average-sized home in the US uses about 400 gallons of water per day. A tiny home only uses an average of 5 gallons per day, according to the market study of Earth Morning. The size of your home drastically reduces the amount of water you use and that helps prevent droughts that occur in the environment. Also, the less water you use, the lower the amount you have to pay each much in water costs.
A tiny home needs to have water fixtures it can rely on in order to function. These features are highly prominent in the kitchen. It generally costs around $200 an hour to have your plumbing fixtures repaired, according to the data of Home Advisor. If you focus on water conservation, you’ll be able to choose from fixtures that are not only economical but durable as well. Water conservation technology has drastically improved flow while saving you a lot of money in terms of usage but in repairs, to boot.
Double-Duty Bathroom Pieces
Your bathroom also benefits from water conservation. In fact, a tiny house bathroom needs to be accommodating and highly functional. A good example is a latrine that has compost functionality. You get to enjoy indoor plumbing and all its comforts. You also get the chance to break down the waste into something akin to regular fertilizer. Beyond the latrine, your shower area is also best served by shower heads that conserve water. That way, you’ll be able to get strong water flow without going through so much water.
Property Value Investment
Overall water costs and usage can affect the value of your tiny home, according to Renew Financial. Investing in water conservation technology raises your property value and drives down your ongoing maintenance costs. It’s a good investment to make if you’ve ever got any plans of selling or leasing your property out in the future. If not, enjoying a high-value property comes with perks like lower insurance payments as the property is considered “low risk."
Transitioning into a tiny home does have to limit your choices. In fact, your tiny home just might be your gateway toward better options to help conserve water and gain multiple benefits in the process. Just take your time when deciding on the fixtures that go into your tiny home. Make sure that it meets your aesthetic, economic, and functional standards.