There’s a whole “tiny house” movement in the U.S. that’s appealing for a number of reasons, one of the most compelling being that tiny houses significantly lower your carbon footprint. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 80 percent of a house’s greenhouse gas emissions over its lifespan are due to fuel consumption and electricity. Since most tiny houses are only 400 square feet at their largest – as opposed to the average American’s house of 2,600 square feet – they obviously have less space to heat and cool and use much less fuel and electricity.
A Stepping Stone to Financial Freedom
While conserving energy is top of mind these days as a way to protect our natural environment and stop global warming, there are other very real benefits to downsizing. According to a survey conducted by the Demand Institute, 40 million Americans are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing payments, property taxes, and other home expenses. Another survey by Bankrate.com revealed that 76 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. The tiny house movement says that you don’t need to live your life saddled with a mortgage payment. Instead you can use that money to travel or enjoy other adventures. Speaking of traveling, that’s another benefit of a tiny house – you can literally put it on wheels and take it with you.
Choosing Experiences Over Stuff
Cornerstone to the tiny house movement is the idea that when you clear the clutter from your life, you can focus on what makes you happy. Financial freedom means you have more time to do what you want, and when in a tiny house, it goes without saying that you’ll spend a whole lot less time doing chores around the house. To learn more, check out this video where tiny house owners talk about what living in a tiny house means to them.