Yurts are already one of the best options if you’re looking to live sustainably and lighten your carbon footprint. Their compact size and portability allow them to be built and moved around without harsh damage to the land beneath them.
Those looking to live the #yurtlife are usually ready to simplify their material possessions and engage with a minimalist lifestyle close to nature. Even so, additional eco-friendly improvements can always be made to even the most sustainable yurt. Read on for a few tips on how to make your yurt environmentally sound and energy-efficient.
Finding alternative energy sources is a great way to make sure your yurt is as efficient as possible and will remain functional during power outages. Tesla’s Powerwall integrates with solar energy generated during the day and stores it for later use. This smart energy storage product can learn energy use patterns and be controlled via your mobile device, and installation is easy.
Automated products such as the Powerwall can provide lasting solar power to your yurt, eliminating your dependence on pricey regular utilities and saving you stress during the occasional power outage.
Atmospheric water generation takes the humidity from the air around your yurt and turns it into safe, drinkable water. These systems employ condenser and cooling coil technology in a way similar to a dehumidifier. Reclaiming this condensation and using it for the water supply in your yurt is a great, eco-friendly solution that will provide you with fresh and clean water for drinking and cooking.
According to the NRDC, natural lawn maintenance in the U.S. uses approximately 3 trillion gallons of water, 200 million gallons of gas for lawn mowing, and 70 million pounds of pesticides per year. Finding an environmentally friendly alternative seems necessary. Installing luxury artificial turf rather than real grass can reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the need to mow or weed whack, while drastically reducing your water use.
Since turf doesn’t absorb rainwater, you can easily collect and harvest rainwater that drains through and use it to water other natural habitats around your yurt (such as flowers, shrubs, and trees).
Another advantage of using this lawn alternative is the lack of toxicity. Maintaining your luxury turf lawn in front of your yurt will never require pesticides, fertilizers, or weedkillers to keep it lush.
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Adding an eco-friendly insulation system to your yurt will help make sure you’re comfortable in your yurt home regardless of the outside weather, whether it’s staying cool in the blistering heat or keeping warm during the wintertime. WeatherPort uses specially designed insulation systems such as EnerLayer™, which integrates its advanced thermal materials to reach any desired R-value. R-value measures the resistance to heat flow through a specific material. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance of the material.
The EnerLayer™ barrier that WeatherPort uses holds cool air indoors during hot weather and keeps warm air indoors during the winter using reflection (rather than absorption). Using this sort of insulation system helps keep a steady and consistent temperature in your yurt while lowering your energy consumption.
Solar Arc Roofing
Solar arcs can be added to the roof of your yurt to minimize the amount of daytime lighting you need. Solar arc roofing is a translucent, vinyl roofing material that allows for the sun to easily pass through and light up your yurt with wonderful, natural light. The diffused light that passes through the solar arc material is especially great for artists and photographers who work on their art inside of their yurt.
Reclaimed Wood Interior
Although WeatherPort’s state-of-the-art modern yurts are made out of high-strength steel, you may opt for some wood elements inside of your yurt for customization. When picking out furniture or finding materials to build a loft, ladder, or shelves inside of your yurt, the most eco-friendly option is reclaimed wood. Choosing reclaimed wood is a meaningful and sustainable design decision that reduces deforestation and repurposes older wood structures. Older growth wood is also usually denser and offers more stability.
Are you interested in a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and want to find out more about how to incorporate sustainability while living in a yurt? WeatherPort’s modern luxury yurts are not only great for the environment, but are completely customizable and able to withstand harsh weather conditions for year-round use. Contact us today!