29 Jan How to make your property self-supporting
With growing concerns for our environment and the future of our planet, more and more people are looking for ways to become self-sufficient.
Our tips will help you explore ways to generate your own electricity, produce your own food, live healthier and save money – all while reducing your carbon footprint and helping the environment.
Use water tanks to harvest rainwater
Securing an independent water supply and relying less on the grid for your needs is one of the first steps to creating a self-sufficient home. The easiest way to achieve this is by installing a water tank to collect and harvest rainwater. This can then be used directly in the garden or pumped through a filtration system and then used safely for things like showering or laundry. Recycling rainwater is a great way to reduce water wastage and lower your water bills. Tanks For Everything, add: “Other key benefits to harvesting rainwater include contributing to reduced flood risks and lowering the load on combined sewer overflows improving river water quality.”
Rainwater is a clean, renewable energy source that can be used to reduce your carbon footprint by allowing you to rely less on the grid for your water needs. You could also consider drilling a well on your property to provide your home with water, but this may not always be an option. If you are able to drill a well, consider having the pump powered by solar energy in order to have a 100% self-sustaining water system.
Generate your own electricity
In order to create a self-sufficient home, you must switch to a renewable energy source. The most popular renewable energy source in the UK is solar power. Solar has seen its popularity soar over recent years as it has become more affordable and accessible to homeowners. Solar power works by using solar panels to capture the sun’s rays to harness energy. This allows you to generate your own electricity. This could also save you considerable amounts on your energy bills in the long run. Solar in a clean energy source, that will provide your property with a reliable source of electricity that has no negative impact on the environment.
You also have the potential to earn an extra income with solar via the Feed-in Tariff (FiT). Energy experts at MyPower explain how “the FiT payment is a government incentive to encourage uptake of renewable energy. FiT’s are paid whether you produce energy for your own use and/or export to the national grid.” These payments are guaranteed for 20 years and so now is a great time to take advantage of this incentive and earn an extra income from solar power!
Grow your own crops and produce
Growing your own crops is a major step to becoming self-sufficient. It will reduce your environmental footprint, help you lead a healthier lifestyle, provide you will tastier food, and also save you money on grocery bills. Growing your own crops can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s actually a lot simpler than it seems.
Remember that everyone has to start somewhere; perhaps begin by choosing one type of fruit or vegetable that you would like to grow yourself, and then expand on this once you feel comfortable. Growing anything yourself is a step in the right direction and means that you don’t have to rely solely on supermarkets for your groceries.
You should also consider adding a greenhouse, herb garden, and