Self-Sustaining Homes

What is Self-Sustaining Homes

Self-Sustaining Homes

Self-sufficient life style has been recently known as a arising trend among those who are seeking for a healthier and better meals to ensure the best sake for their body and health. To take their first steps into the act of changing their eating habit, a self-sufficient life may not be carried out without a self-sustaining homes.

A self-sufficient homes can be known with another name autonomous homes are the ultimate in green living dwellings. They rely mostly on themselves for heating, cooling, electricity, and more. Each self-sufficient home may be configured respectively depending on its climate, position, and the wish as well as the desires of the landlord.

Systems that should appear in a self-sustaining home:

Solar Water Heater

Self-Sustaining Homes can make use of several different types of systems. Yet whether they are configured or not often decided upon based on the site the house is being built on.

Solar panel on a red roof

Heating and Cooling

Solar Heating:

The most basic but necessary in any self-sustaining home. The solar panels should be placed on the top roof of the house to catch the sun rays directly without meeting any obstacles. Optionally, they can also be place in the other positions as long as it can absorb most part of the sun rays.


Many autonomous homes rely on heavy insulation combined with an airtight surrounding that does not allow the transfer of air between the outside and interior, leading the interior to stay at a more comfortable temperature year round.

Passive heating and cooling:

Passive heating makes use of well positioned windows combined with heavy insulation to warm the house through a combination of the sunlight and body heat.


Normal lightning are often be generated through the use of electricity yet in a self-sustaining home, passive lightning will be preferably used. Passive lighting means designing your home so that strategically placed windows will catch daylight as the sun moves through the sky, lighting your home during daytime hours with no additional energy.


Water Needs

Many homes that are self-sustaining in design also include hydroponic gardens or they may rely on self-sufficient methods to help water the grass and tend to other non-potable water needs, such as flushing the toilets. While a well is ideal for drinking and bathing water if one can be dug onsite, a way to supplement your water needs for all non-potable uses is to collect, store and reuse rainwater.

Hope that those tips will provide those who want to build a self-sustaining home a good knowledge to realize their wish of living in a house that will probably a new trend in the near future.

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