Winter

imageToday I’m sitting in a warm living room while, outside, the wind is blowing up a gale and hail is hitting the front window side-on. It’s a blustery, winter day.

Yesterday we experienced a short time where the power went out. We lit candles, bundled up and knew that we would be fine. Our stove and hot water is open gas, so we weren’t concerned about a prolonged outage.

A short drive away, my son who is an apprentice gardener on a 9-acre country garden estate, was dealing with his boss in her massive house complaining how the floor heating wasn’t working and they would have nothing to do without the TV working that night. All he could do was stoke up their three fireplaces and come home to his small but cozy and warm home.

I am fascinated by the Tiny House movement and one of the big reasons I am drawn to a smaller home is the pure economics of it. Let’s face it, the monetary savings are enormous. Very ltitle energy is needed to heat a smaller space (and it takes far less time to get it up to a liveable temperature than a big house). Many of the tiny houses I’ve seen have more energy-efficient features such as loft beds which capture the rising heat, solar electricity and hot water, and cleverly-designed areas to maximize heat transfer and make the most of natural light and warmth.

That said, even our 1200-square-foot home is far more efficient than those near us that are far larger.

Minimalism is not simply about having less stuff. It is also about using resources efficiently with as little waste as possible.This not only makes sense in that it saves me money, but also helps us to makes as small a footprint on our planet as possible.

I am warm. I am clean. I am well-fed. I sleep comfortably.

The wind can blow, the rain can fall, the power can go out, and I’ll still be fine.

Explore Further:

How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient (WikiHow)

What We can Learn from Norwegians About Surviving Winter (Vogue)

Tiny Homes are Big on Energy Efficiency (Alliance to Save Energy)