Is This Tiny Cabin Micro-Community the Future of Sustainable Living?

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch – Owned by a set of good friends, this cabin compound sitting on a picturesque, 10-acre riverfront by the Llano River in Texas might make a wonderful vacation destination — but more significantly — this concept of shared land, simple living and interdependence is also a page right out of the sustainable living handbook. A growing number of people are joining the tiny home movement, where people are downsizing their homes into something much smaller to reduce their environmental impact and live more simply. By the same token, the growing sharing economy (think bike shares, Zipcar, Airbnb, etc.) is something that’s ecologically sustainable and socially rewarding at the same time. The idea is this: We don’t need that much. That’s the beauty of the Llano River Cabin Compound, tucked 70 miles west of Austin. Like micro-living at a camp site, the bucolic spot is comprised of four tiny cabins...

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How You Can Go Solar Without Even Owning a Single Panel

By Lorraine Chow , EcoWatch – We know that solar power in the U.S. is growing at leaps and bounds and is only getting cheaper. Still, there are limitations. Not everyone has the ability to harness the sun’s power, especially if you’re not a property owner, don’t have the proper rooftop or can’t afford the costly solar panel installation process. Enter Yeloha, a new Boston-based peer-to-peer solar startup that allows anyone to go solar. Yes, even if you live in a rented apartment, have a roof blocked by a particularly shady tree or don’t have the funds for panels. Customers can sign up for the service as a “sun host” or a “sun partner.” Sun hosts are for homeowners who have a suitable roof for solar but can’t afford panels. Yeloha will install the panels for free in exchange for access to the solar power the panels create. Sun hosts will...

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