The earthship home is truly fantastic in terms of self sustainability and renewable energy, and because of this homes ability to reuse and recycle. It is also built out of recycled materials like aluminum cans, glass bottles and used rubber tires. This is awesome because now we have a very effective and amazing way we can recycle materials that would otherwise take extremely long time to disintegrate. One normal size earthship would use about 750+ tires to build. Earthsips also use thermal mass as a natural air conditioner so you stay nice and warm in winter and cool in summer. Earthships can be designed to be built anywhere on the planet for any climate. They are so tough and resilient that they can be designed to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes/typhoons, if your area is prone to these kinds of events. Making natural disasters less disastrous. Which can make a BIG difference in peoples lives.
An earthship can initially cost you just as much to build as a normal house would, unless you want to build it yourself which can save you allot of money. On the plus side however, you will never have to pay any utility bills for water, electricity or sewage as the earthship takes care of all this on site. Yes, your sewage is treated on and never leaves your property. This is done with the help of botanical cells (plants) that treat and feed off the black water (sewage water) after it comes out of the septic tank. And surprisingly enough, there are no funky smells to be found because the sewage is constantly being treated under ground and the smells do not have enough time to make it to the surface. Your earthship will reuse water 4 times before it reaches the outside botanical cell.
The earthship makes use of solar power and wind turbines for generating more than enough electricity during sunny days, cloudy & rainy days and through the evenings. So you would never have to worry about blackouts. One of the most amazing features of the earthship is the built in green house that grows food for you all year round while at the same time producing clean oxygen for breathing. Having a variety of plants inside your home cleans the air inside and certain plants will help keep away pests like mosquitoes and flies. And certain plant will also attract beneficial insects that will help keep your plants healthy and free of diseases.
The earthship is by far the best option for off grid living in my opinion, because this is a house that looks after the people living in it. And by living in an earthship your are truly in every sense looking after the planet and doing your part for the environment, and in return your house looks after you. You might never have to work that job you hate again! As living in earthship provides you with all your basic needs.
In fact I’m so confident in the earthship that I’d be willing to state that even if civilization were to collapse people living in earthships would be unaffected because their home provides them with all they need.
Who needs money when you’ve got an earthship!! Unfortunately you just need money to build one, but after that not so much.