Sustainable living is something we would all like to achieve, regardless of what our stations are in life. Humanity is draining the Earth of its natural resources and poisoning our atmosphere and oceans; it’s only natural that we want to do our part to save this planet. But did you know that, by engaging in sustainable living, you’re also contributing to your own independence and, by extension, your peace of mind?
I’ll bet you didn’t know that—but now, you’re probably wondering how you can add a dash of sustainable living to your everyday life. Well, for one thing, you can start using solar panels in your house and yard. These eco-friendly panels take in the sunlight and store it as energy, then use that sunlight to emit light to illuminate your home. Solar-powered items will work even if there’s an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that causes all electronics within a given radius to stop working.
When it comes to food, you can live sustainably by getting food from local sources, such as your neighborhood farmer’s market or butchery. You can grow your own food as well. In either case, sustainable living requires that your food is not contaminated with pesticides or herbicides. When you’re done harvesting your crops, don’t be afraid to save the seeds for next year’s usage; you can end up with some excellent fruits, vegetables and herbs this way. If you want to save your seeds, however, make sure that you protect them from the cold. Another tip for growing your own crops is that you’ll want to protect them from cross-pollination.
Another option is to build your own home or vacation house. Since you’re building it, you can choose the accoutrements: you can build it so that it doesn’t require a lot of energy or electricity coming in from the power grid, and which does not damage the environment around the house. In terms of the prepper mentality, you can also design the house so that it can be defended from attackers or invaders, should disaster break loose.
Another idea for sustainable living is using wind power. Items that use this kind of energy work because the wind pushes on the turbines, causing them to spin, which in turn creates electrical energy. To implement this, one possibility is that you install a turbine on top of your roof. You can also install a larger windmill on the grounds surrounding your home.
Finally, develop a system to gather water; you can keep this water saved up for times of crisis. Invest in a system for the catchment of water; this kind of system—which gathers water from outside, such as rainwater—is an efficient means of accomplishing this purpose.
To sum up, sustainable living is an important part of life in our twenty-first century, for both preppers and non-preppers alike. If you plan on engaging in some sustainable techniques as part of your daily routine, good for you! You are surely on your way to a lifestyle that will make you—and the planet—healthier and happier in the long run.