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Earthship is a radical but sustainable and green way of building your home as it made mostly natural, recycle materials such as unused tyres, bottles, straw, sand, clay and plastic.

Cost wise – it almost as much as a conventional home. But unlike a typical conventional home, earthship does give you a lot of saving in the long run.

There is no electricity and water bills to pay, cost very little in maintenance and most importantly it is extremely livable, healthier than typical homes.

What make earthship so livable?

It designs! An earthship design is guided by six principles  – to maintain comfortable temperature, produce it own energy, recycle water usage, contained sewage treatment and build using natural and recycle materials available locally.

Thermal/Solar Heating & Cooling – Earthships maintain comfortable temperatures in any climate. The planet Earth is a thermally stabilizing mass that delivers temperature without wire or pipes. The sun is a nuclear power plant that also delivers without wires or pipes.

Solar & Wind Electricity – Earthships produce their own electricity with a prepackaged photovoltaic / wind power system. This energy is stored in batteries and supplied to your electrical outlets. Earthships can have multiple sources of power, all automated, including grid-intertie.

Contained Sewage Treatment – Earthships contain use and reuse all household sewage in indoor and outdoor treatment cells resulting in food production and landscaping with no pollution of aquifers. Toilets flush with greywater that does not smell.

Building with Natural & Recycled Materials – House as Assemblage of by-products: A sustainable home must make use of indigenous materials, those occurring naturally in the local area.

Water Harvesting – Earthships catch water from the sky (rain & snow melt) and use it four times. Water is heated from the sun, biodiesel and/or natural gas. Earthships can have city water as backup. Earthships do not pollute underground water aquifers.

Self Food Production – Earthship wetlands, the planters that hold hundreds of gallons of water from sinks and the shower are a great place for raising some of the fresh produce you’d like to have in the winter, but find expensive or bland tasting from the supermarket.

Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.

Learn more about earthsip building here – Earthship Biotecture.