For many of us citizens of the world, making positive changes to the environment has become a mission. A variety of solutions are available to help us with this mission. The goal is to reduce society’s dependence and consumption of non-renewable energies. Of course, it is a big step to take and a considerable short-term investment is required; it would seem some people are just more motivated than others.
Indeed, many people are deciding to leave their houses in order to live off-grid; that is to say disconnected from the electricity and water distribution systems, as well as the sewage system. Contrary to popular belief, living off-grid doesn’t necessarily mean living in this old Russian cabin from 1799.
Thanks to modern technology and the various ways to create energy, it is possible to live comfortably. Here are the top 10 most stylish off-grid homes from around the world!
1. Solar Home in Colorado Made with Containers
This modern style home was built with the help of two containers (beige part). Powered mainly by renewable energy and Colorado’s sunny weather, this house is the stuff of dreams. With its unbelievable view of the mountains, it is the perfect place to settle down.
2. Beautiful Off-Grid Home in Quebec
Aiming for the LEED certification, this off-grid home in Quebec runs on solar power and wood heating. It is also equipped with propane heated floors. This home’s main attraction is the composition of its materials. They are extremely energy efficient, making the house warm in winter and cool in summer.
3. Anticyclone Home in Australia
Designed by the architect Charles Wright, this residence north of Queensland can withstand category 5 hurricanes. Powered by solar energy, it has a rainwater collection system that stocks over 250 000 liters of water in a large tank. The building’s design also allows the home to stay warm in winter and cool in summer.
4. Modern Ontarian Home by the Water
If your goal is to consolidate energy efficiency, a modern style, and an amazing view, this home is perfect for you. Powered by solar panels, this house offers all the commodities of your present home. It is spacious, bright, and very well situated.
5. Home Powered by a Massive Solar Panel System in Chuckanut Ridge
This house in Chuckanut Ridge will never run out of electricity thanks to this enormous solar energy system. Even though this region of Washington receives a lot of rain, it isn’t a problem when you have a water collection system like the one contained in this beautiful home.
6. Very Practical Small Solar Powered House in Oregon
Certain people do not like large spaces and do not think that they represent extravagant modernism. This is why more and more people have been opting for off-grid micro homes in the last few years. Powered by solar panels, this house in Oregon is transportable to any other location. This pleasant space includes all the functionalities of a normal house.
7. Chic Off-Grid Home in the Arizona Desert that Saves 90% of Energy
Arizona’s arid regions have not stopped Val1 Homes’ architects. Producing more energy than it consumes, this house brings together energy efficiency and modernism like never before. Its design is based on insulation and allows its occupants to save a considerable amount of energy.
8. This Beautiful Villa in California has its Own Wind System
Who said off-grid homes were only for people living in the woods? Located on top of a hill in Ramona California, this home produces 44 000 kWh per year. This is more than sufficient for even the largest energy consumers. Built with all the available energy efficient equipment, the whole system is automated.
9. Practical Home in Colorado Located at 9000 Ft in the Air
Located in Colorado, this house uses both active and passive solar energy. With its traditional design, it is very different from other off-grid homes. Its beauty and energy efficiency make it the perfect practical residence.
10. Modular House in Romania Built From 97% Recycled Materials
If you are looking for extra space, this Romanian house’s modular aspect will charm you. As well as the dozens of energy efficient functionalities this house includes, it can also be controlled via mobile phone, bringing together energy efficiency and home automation.
Finally, living off-grid isn’t all that bad. Of course, to achieve this lifestyle it is necessary to pay the few thousand dollars required to get settled comfortably. However, as you have seen, there are many alternatives to traditional houses. It is a noble way of life that more and more people are adopting. Who knows, we could be talking about your home in a couple of years!