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Eco-Living In The Countryside

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When we think about eco-living, it doesn’t get any better than heading to the countryside. Living in a rural part of the world gives you a better opportunity to live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. You can live off the land by cultivating your own vegetables. It’s easier to collect your own water, and generally live a more environmentally-friendly life. However, there are many challenges that comes from this lifestyle! Not least, adapting to life so far from the urban cities. In this post, I’ll show you how to make the most of your eco-home in the country.

Improve Insulation – If you’re going to commit to an eco-friendly life in the countryside, you need to consider your home insulation. A lot of rural, country homes are much older than their urban counterparts. It means they’re not so well equipped for warmth and insulation. Committing to an eco-friendly way of life means saving as much on your electricity and heating as possible. Upgrading your insulation is the first step. Try to install new, modern insulation. (Tip, visit to find out how). It will keep the home cool in the summer, and warmer in the winter.



Renewable energy sources – Living out in the countryside means you can easily make the most of renewable energy sources. The first benefit is the wide open space, perfect for a small wind turbine. A modern turbine can easily generate enough energy to power your entire home. Meanwhile, you can also use solar panels to boost the home energy. Used together, you may even generate enough electricity to sell back to the grid.

Composting – Living in the countryside gives you the fantastic opportunity to re-use waste. Rather than filling up landfill sites, you can put your household waste to active use. In urban areas, we throw away millions of tons of waste, and our planet pays a heavy price. Instead, use food and garden waste to create a compost heap. You can then use this as a natural fertilizer for your vegetable garden or flowers.

Weatherproofing – As we mentioned before, home out in the country are typically older than those in the city. In many cases, you may live in a log cabin or an atypical structure. If this is the case, you need to make sure the home is durable against the worst of the weather. One way to do this is to use chinking, an elastic sealant that looks natural on wooden homes. For more information on weatherproofing your country home, visit

Adapting to rural living – Last of all, learn to slowly adapt to rural living. It means a big change to your way of life, especially if you’re used to urban living. Learn to add some extra time onto your journeys and expect slower internet speeds! If you ask us, this is well worth the benefits of living out in the countryside.
Living in the countryside is the best way to lessen your ecological footprint, and do your part for the environment. Follow these tips here, and make the most of rural life.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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