In homeowners' quest for sustainable living, many technological improvements are made to preexisting houses such as radiant heaters or solar panels. These innovations convert the waste normally generated from heaters and on power bills into an eco-friendly lifestyle and financial benefits that continue on for many years to come. The best heating system can work toward reducing the carbon footprint of a home, but some people just want to leave as little of an impact on the environment as possible.
These aspirations can prove to be difficult for a normal-sized building, but an Oregon company called Shelter Wise has come up with a design for a house that leaves as little in its wake as possible, according to Gizmag.
A house on wheels
This isn't that hard if the only parts of the house touching the ground are the wheels it's on. The Salsa Box Tiny House was originally built for a workshop to show people how to construct a Tiny Home, but the design was a big success and Shelter Wise began selling it, reported the Daily Mail.
Available in three different sizes, either 12, 16 or 20 feet in length, the smallest is made up of only 96 square feet. The house has everything someone needs in it with expandable options to suit specific desires. Residents can enjoy a queen-size bed in the home because of space-efficient storage practices utilizing vertical heights. It comes with its own bathroom that includes a flushing toilet as well as a shower and bath combination.
Meant for someone with a mobile lifestyle, the trailer frame has an RV connection for up to 30 amps and flowing water, but it can be adapted to go off a power grid entirely, according to Jetson Green.
A green solution for outdoor living
The Salsa Box comes equipped with a wide array of sustainable technologies, reported Jetson Green. Thick insulation retains much of the heat within the portable cabin during the winter, and a personal garden on the roof can provide occupants with their own small supply of vegetables.
There are many upgrades available for the Salsa Box that can further reduce its dependence on outside resources. The toilet can be replaced with a composting model, solar panels can be installed and even a rainwater collection system can hook up to the roof, according to Gizmag.
While this amount of sustainability may be difficult for fixed buildings, the Salsa Box shows just how independently people can live when out in the wild.