shotgun style home
It’s been an insane season for thunderstorms in the Ohio Valley Region this year. Forget that, I mean thunderstorms, drought and tornadoes the last few years. Oh, wait, the last ten years? Okay, we all have to admit that the earth has been rumbling and turning in her dreams and the blankets above are being tossed upon us in all kinds of fanciful ways. So is this Mother Earth just going through some hot flashes? Or the global warming of scientist’s screams?
As a non-scientist looking in from the outside, and after reviewing the data, watching many documentaries (which one must translate into non-partisan language to absorb), and adding just a touch of good old common sense, I have to go with it’s both!
Based on what I’ve been able to understand, this is a true cycling of the earth. Something that has happened in the past and is happening again. But, also based on what I’ve learned, this process is being pushed, prodded and uber-energized by man-made desecration of our sacred home.
Because of this, I have personally taken to lessening my own impact on the earth’s resources. Living in our small recreational vehicle, our footprint is less in size than most dwellings. While parked at a campground with full hook-ups we do the little things, like using less water by turning off the already regulated shower head when not needed and by only heating the water on-demand. (Even with the mini, and by using my Jeep for local driving, we use less gas when on the road than most workers that commute by car.) We limit our electricity by unplugging items not in use and by keeping our thermostat at about 78 degrees in summer, and when on the road, by limiting our small generator use to 4-5 hours a day maximum. I’ve also planted a mini traveling garden with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and mint for tea, and even in our tiniest of space, we still make room to separate out our recyclables.
Knowing that I won’t live in my RV forever, I’ve been giving a serious look into tiny houses and our society’s re-look at the viability and resourcefulness of shotgun style homes. I also give merit to large homes where funds and the building resources are sunk and the home either already has intelligent choices towards energy conservation or has easy adaptability to the like.
So think about it. What are you doing today? What simple little thing can you change right now? What are you doing to save our Mother Earth?
Shared from my opinion blog: www.dustybakeradamson.com