Tiny Houses Have Big Environmental Impacts: Study

Tiny houses are annoyingly cute and wonderfully impractical. They’re also good for you — and everyone else. If you were a tiny house dweller, you would probably see your energy consumption slashed by nearly half after downsizing, according to a new study by environmental design researcher Maria Saxton. In her doctoral thesis, Maria surveyed 80 people who had moved from a full-sized home to a “tiny” home for a year or more.

She then calculated their ecological footprints, or how much space they need to sustain their current behavior, including housing, transportation, food, goods and services. Her research showed that tiny home residents’ average ecological footprint was about 9.5 acres, down from about 17.3 acres for regular-sized homes. In other words, tiny home residents reduced their energy consumption by 45 percent. Better still, she found that moving into a tiny house had a major impact on a person’s wasteful behavior generally. They also recycled more and bought less consumer goods.

(Source: NYPost; Image: Business Insider)

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