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Eco Friendly Paints

In our homes today there are some seriously bad new chemicals.  I have a friend of the family  that worked for a insurance company and his whole job was air quality.  After talking to him some he said something that kind of scared me.  top-paintsHe said even with the top of the life filtration systems in our homes today, the air quality is around 6 times more toxic than any of the worst air quality cities.  That’s kinda scary!

Now there are some things that you simply cannot reduce their toxicity because the value of having those chemicals is so great.  For example if you have a solar array, you will need to have several batteries to capture that power.  The batteries have all sorts of nasty chemicals but the value of have your computer running, a fridge and lights out weighs it.  Paint is the number one suspect when it comes to ruining the indoor air quality.  Thus, replacing it can make a huge impact on the problem.

That said, there are allot of things that we can do address this problem.  One of which is using Low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) which is the bad stuff.  Then there are other paints that are non-toxic which are basically you vegan version of paint, there are only natural ingredients in them.  So here is a round up of the best Low VOC and Non-Toxic paints  here

Turnbull Interview

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Here is a great interview with Elizabeth Turnbull, the Yale student who decided that dorms and rent weren’t for her financially and environmentally.  She built this house with the help of lots of folks in a workspace that she was rented to for free. That in combination with builder donations she was able to build this tiny house using renewable resources, non toxic materials and other eco friendly products.  Check out here story here

Why “The Tiny Life”?

So why embark on “the tiny life”?

The answer is found in stewardship– the wise use of one’s time, energy, fiscal and other resources.

Are you wisely using the space in which you live?  Which room or rooms do you live in the most?  What happens to the others?  Are you bothered by all the space within your dwelling that is least occupied?Tiny House image

“Tiny” is the efficient use of space.  Admittedly, there is much less space to “expand” one’s life—one’s possessions and one’s decorative sense are two examples.  Where do we really live, though—in our dwellings or in our hearts and relationship space?

But “tiny” also means less money expended to maintain a larger space that has become for many of us an idol.  In 1963, my parents took on a 25-year mortgage on a new, two-story house with four bedrooms that cost $17,500.  That same home today can sell for close to $300,000.

How scales of economy have changed!  “Tiny” addresses the buying power of present dollars as much as it reflects  the desire not to buy into the myth that bigger is better.

Bigger is not necessarily better.  For most of us fascinated by tiny living, the exploration of all things tiny imparts hope.

-Greg

Solar Rundown

So I have yet to really dabble in solar energy, but it is something that I do want to implement in my tiny home.  So today I am simply posting great resources for solar power.  One of the greatest untapped energy resources that exists is the sun, of course the hurtle that exists is how to take this energy and capture it efficiently and cost effectively.  I have a good feeling that the next 5 years will bring huge innovations in solar energy with Obama’s plan for cleaner energy.

First off here is some basic info about solar panels

Here is a cheap panel that can charge 90% of all your gadgets, phones etc.

The day in the life of a solar panel installer here

Mainstream of solar through Home Depot

Weekend projects you can do here

Tiny House Tiny Garden: Maximizing space through design

As I make my way to a Tiny Life, I have recently started a garden to grow my own vegetables. To be honest I rather suck at it but Things are growing and I have been able to make about a metric ton of pesto so far. Today I found these really neat ideas for how to maximize space and grow food also.

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