Today is a dreamy day. Today I am dreaming about Earthships, and about having our own someday. My dad got Kevin and I very excited about this way of life, and we often think about how to make it a reality in the future.
So, what is an Earthship?
I do not pretend to be an expert on Earthships, but this is how I see it. Earthships are sustainable homes that can be any size that are made out of tires, bottles, and cement that are completely self sufficient. All water, power, and energy/water for plants are collected and produced from the ship.
An Earthship can function in any climate, but sunny climates are best (to collect solar power). There is a large greenhouse at the front of the home that collects solar energy to heat the space year round, and the tires in the wall insulate the entire house perfectly. The roof collects water for plants, drinking, plumbing etc. There is a grey water system too. (Which is SO dreamy).
The cost to build these homes is low, since most of the materials are recycled. You just have to know how to do it properly.
Another thing I love about this way of life is how important community is. Get a bunch of people who want to live this way and make a whole new community of Earthships in the Okanagan! That is my ultimate dream.
If you want to learn more and get excited about these homes, go to www.earthship.com for videos, photos, instruction, and inspiration!
"… the Earthship is the epitome of sustainable design and construction.
No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building.”
All photos from earthship.com