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Man Living in a 10'x10' Tiny House & Homesteading in the City

**Man Living in a 10'x10' Tiny House & Homesteading in the City**



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THE 8 BEST ZERO WASTE SWAPS I MADE IN 2019 | Sustainable Lifestyle Hacks

**THE 8 BEST ZERO WASTE SWAPS I MADE IN 2019 | Sustainable Lifestyle Hacks**



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How This Frugal Family of 4 Paid Off $96k in Debt & Built a Custom Tiny House

**How This Frugal Family of 4 Paid Off $96k in Debt & Built a Custom Tiny House**



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After finishing school, Jocelyn and Jarvis had $96,000 of debt from student loans, credit cards, and buying a small rural property. This is the story of how they paid it off in just 20 months, and then built themselves a debt-free custom tiny house for their family of 4.

After ignoring their finances for a long time, the couple finally faced reality one night when they sat down and added up all of their debts, and compared it to the revenue they had coming in.

When they realized how much they owed, they decided to make some drastic changes so they could pay it off and stop worrying about money.

To start, they moved to a smaller apartment, changed jobs, shopped second-hand, froze a credit card in a block of ice, switched to using cash only, and made a budget that allowed them to chip away at their debt.

They had a white board with a list of all their debts, which they updated every time a payment was made so they’d continue to be motivated. After 20 months, they were completely debt-free. After that, they continued with their minimalist, frugal habits and were able to save up enough money to build themselves a custom tiny house on wheels.

They’ve been living in the tiny house for over two years now, with their two children, and plan to continue living in it for as long as they can. They are currently saving money to buy a small acreage where they will build a larger off grid home and keep the tiny house as an income property.

We’re very inspired by this young family’s dedication to improve their lives by paying off their debt, by their awareness of their energy consumption, by their efforts to buy less and live a low waste lifestyle.

They’re trying to make positive change in every aspect of their lives, and that’s not always an easy thing to do.

Thank you, Jocelyn and Jarvis, for sharing your story with us! And for the beautiful day we spent at your place!

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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humans are really adaptable we'll just adapt to whatever whatever our environment is and we have just learned to live in this space really well it doesn't it doesn't feel like a sacrifice at the end of this month we'll have been in our tiny house for two years the the freedom within our lifestyle I think it's just it feels like a constant sort of gift to ourselves for us it's it's it's the whole picture it's the whole process for us recognizing where we were financially of taking the steps and that's a really hard part for a lot of people is actually starting that process of making sacrifices in your life to simplify to start saving more money to start spending less money and that whole process really started making or made us question our life our consumption our expenditures and then we started to simplify a little bit more and then we started thinking about a tiny house and then rebuilding the tiny house and it's the whole journey that's been out to where we are it didn't happen overnight and I think where we are now isn't a result of just one of those pieces it's a result of the entire journey the whole path Russ we both had finished school and we were starting our adult life kind of ready to launch out into the world and one night we sat and tallied up our debts because we realized we were really kind of living outside of our means and from our combined student loan debt and a rural property that we had purchased together we were ninety six thousand dollars in debt and it was just incredibly sobering and we knew we had to make some really big changes I mean a lot of it was student loan debt but we still we were using credit cards sort of indiscriminately we were going on little trips one whenever we felt like it so we changed everything we moved to a different location into a one-bedroom apartment we started using only cash we were able to get out of debt in 20 months we went from lying awake at night stressing about our debt load to feeling like we suddenly had all these options and we no longer wanted to spend money in the same way you know we actually whiteboard we had a whiteboard we wrote down everything that we we owed everything we had and all the money coming in and all the money going out and not that was really sobering every time we'd make a payment on her dad we would update the whiteboard and it went from minus ninety six thousand and I remember when we hit minus fifty thousand we were like and we started forecasting for anyway we can't wait til we have zero you know like we don't have a penny for our name that's gonna be awesome when we got out of debt soon after we had our daughter and we just continued to live really frugally we stayed in our one-bedroom apartment we we just really enjoyed that new way of living we buy everything secondhand most everything that we can and and just having a lot less it was really wonderful having a new baby and having minimal possessions having no debt we started saving money and going into you know the opposite where we had we were telling up our savings and our whole plan was to get a you know chunk of money for a down payment on a house and we got to that point where we were like well we could leap now we could buy a house and you know the market in the city that we live and it was just it was really we had to really think about do we want to now you know I take on a huge mortgage and although people really tend to view that as a different kind of debt for us we've gone from this very very heavy burden of debt to feeling very free and so we envisioned a different a different solution we were thinking we love living small we don't know if that will for sure stay in our city forever so if we build a tiny house we have the freedom of living without debt and still being able to save money and also if in the future we want to relocate to a smaller community we can do that we can bring our little house with us so when we went through that process of analyzing sort of taking stock of all of our debt we categorized it in a number of different ways we had a huge spreadsheet and one of one of the things was to sort of rank the debt in the amount of interest free of pain on it the total amount of debt for each liability and we were really honest with ourselves that we we had to make some really serious changes so we moved I got a different job I was working myself at the time we looked at all of our expenses and we just slashed where we could we were super aggressive I think going to cash was yeah our biggest strategy's no longer using the card we've broke down what our weekly expenses were and every Monday we we still do this we take out cash for the week and when that cash is gone it's very visible we have our little glass jars up here that have our cash in them and when the money's gone yeah that part of it we set up a really realistic budget and that's something we revisit all the time it's not it's on it do it once and and it works forever because things change in your life you know what do you have kids or remove or whatnot that's always changing that that amount of money you need at the start of our getting out of debt process we also did a year experiment where we didn't buy anything new for a year if we needed something it had to be secondhand but it was also just trying to go with exactly what we already had and if we really needed something we would write it up on our chalkboard and we would usually wait a week or two and and not let ourselves go get it even secondhand we would try and see do we actually need this can we borrow it from so on can we improvise and that really curbed our spending everything weeks late yeah I really made us question everything we brought into her house I don't think I was coming into a tiny house as fast as you were when the opportunity came to us where there was a tiny house that had just been started that's where the decision support was needed to actually well can we do this and we actually had a tweet window to make a decision yeah I have been looking at tiny houses for years I'm I'm a nurse and a night on night shifts I would sit and and just dream about these little homes and I always thought oh geez if I was a single person this is what I would want to do and I thought you know maybe down the road when we're a lot older this would be an adventure that we'd have but I never actually considered it with children and then this tiny house that our friend had bought that was just framed in on on the trailer came available and I was like oh my goodness we could actually do this never seen I never said I wanted to live in a tiny house I said a small house not a tiny house so we had to make a decision quickly because there was a lot of interest in the tiny house and and you know two weeks from the time that we were told about it to buy I really had to pitch it yeah it was not only like do you want to live in this house but do you want to spend the next which we X number of you can completing it please even though you have no building x-ray so so we did she talked me into it so our plan was to work on it just weekends Jarvis was working full-time and I was working a half time nursing position and we thought oh it'll take about four to five months so we started in May and we thought we'd be in for about November and it took 14 months and it was a really interesting process in some ways it was really really exciting and fun we got to learn a whole bunch of new skills you in particular we spent our evenings on YouTube watching work trying to learn how to do well our evenings of watching you know mindless entertainment stuff on on the Internet turn into watching videos on how to wire or know how to flash a roof or something like that everything changed yeah it was also really difficult by the time we were just about finished I sort of hated the tiny house for a while I remember my mom asking me if you could if you were to do it again do you think you would choose to do the tiny house again and I I remember saying I don't know because it was a huge sacrifice as a family we had I think we calculated 56 weekend's where Jarvis was working at the house and I was taking care of our daughter and we went from being this super cohesive little family that you know we were all about leisure time and being together and weekends to just slaving away every weekend and a lot of weeknights on the house but now that you know as soon as we moved in and we were actually living in it we were like yes this was totally worth it but it was it was a big endeavor yeah it was it was definitely a stressful time it was everything was new for for me and for you you were doing the primary caregiving role for a railer at the time and and yeah those jaws Jocelyn said every weekend I was here and then and then in many nights of the week just working working away and sometimes you'd come down and you'd be just so excited to see see the progress and I had spent half a day moving you know we had all of our hardwood flooring and all the wall cladding piled up in the house and such a small house that you know if I had all the hard wood piled here and I needed to work here half the day we moving all this pile of wood over there or up into a lot so she'd come down and she'd be so excited to see how much progress I made on a Saturday and I'd be like yeah I worked all day moving and 500 pounds of lumber from that side of the house this side that we initially moved in as a family of three so behind us there's our kids room so when we built the hot tiny house we wanted to make sure that we would have a separate room for our daughter at the time so she has her own little bedroom back there and that helps that helps a big time that she is in a little place that she can go in and closed her door and it's a great little place for now that there's four of us it's become a kid's room not our daughter's room I think having the room still though is going to be key for for us to live in this house we're not going to be in this house forever we know that as the kids get bigger it's going to become a challenge so we don't know when that is going to happen but we're just gonna ride it as long as we can for now but having having a separate bedroom for the kids I think is key we've seen a lot of designs online where our videos where people have sort of a little nook or something for the kids room and I think that would be really challenging because they have kids have lots of stuff their room is sort of their domain and when they're playing it's it's a mess and that's fine but if that was in her living room all of the time it would be it would be a little more challenging living in in a house that that is this small I really promotes living a lot of time outside which we love and there's so many windows in the house we feel like we're so much more connected to the seasons when we lived in this rate in the city and we were in an apartment we sometimes wouldn't go outside for most of the day and here in the warm weather we fling the door open first thing in the morning and we don't close it until evening and the kids are running around outside so much more than they would be I think in a apartment or even a regular a regular house this winter was challenging we had a really cold winter and I think almost everyone I know felt pretty cagey by the end of winter and we definitely did we were super super excited for spring this year so it is built on a 32 foot long trailer standard 8 foot wide square footage on the lower level is about 224 square root of 25 square foot down below in about a hundred square foot box up top so overall if you calculating the loft is about 325 square feet we heat and cook with propane our hot water comes from a hot water on demand which is tucked up into our bedroom closet in the loft and we operate off of 15 amps which is just a standard plug into a outlet from the owner's home I wanted to build a house so wherever we showed up we could plug into a regular living into a house an entire house can be powered by a 15 amp circuit we don't have a blow dryer blow dryer is off-limits yeah we when we use our food processor sometimes we unplug our dehumidifier so we're just really aware of our energy use and are actually our plan is to go up for it this summer we have solar panels because in the future when we have our own property we'd like to be off-grid so our electrical needs are very small we have a composting toilet and we've found we've adjusted to that really really easily because we're getting into gardening we're finding it's just another way that we have feel connected to natural systems and you know we've we've been here two years so our first bin of a compost that has been laying fallow for close to two years is now completely broken down and we may have the soil tested just to show that it's microbe really neutral at this point so cooking for you pathogen-free yeah so it's that's been interesting we have five gallon buckets we have four of them and when the bucket when you go to the washroom you just toss organic material we use wood chips and you cover your waste and then when the buckets full we take it out to our spot in the woods where we add it to the larger bin and we cover everything with ample amounts of straw and then we leave it when it when that been out in the woods woods is full it lays fallow for two years we're actually on well water so the site that we rent from they have a well and it's been fine and then we do have a great water system so obviously we have accomplished the toilet for all all the black water but the grey water so for the sinks in the tub we when we moved here we had a grey well dug and put in for us and we use that heads for working fine and we're just really careful about what products we use we make a lot of our own body care products and then we buy from our local soap exchange so that all our shampoo and dish soap is all natural so make sure nothing goes into the grey well that would be toxic we have a deck that wraps around most of the front of the house and that really expand its tens our living space and then off the kids room they have a door to the outside and they have their own little deck to play on we have some chickens which has been really wonderful for eggs we don't have any pets at this time because the house is feeling a little too small for a dog or a cat I don't want to maintain any other small creatures this is so chickens have been great we have a garden built into our hillside and we're kind of just novice gardeners and really enjoying that behind the garden is a really beautiful pond we're really lucky to have access to and then Jarvis built the kids a really beautiful little treehouse in the woods and everything that we build we make sure can come with us because we're planning to buy our own acreage in the next in the next couple years debt-free we want to do that mortgage free and so that's what we're saving for it I think it's important to acknowledge that we have been really privileged and being able to do this because I don't think that this is necessarily accessible to everyone you've been able to learn to you know build this house yourself so that's really cut down on our cost but for people who aren't inclined to build for themselves it can actually be really expensive to build a tiny house I think there's a fallacy that they're really cheap and they can be but we're seeing a lot of tiny houses online but per square footage yeah they're they're really cost prohibitive so for us this has worked out really well we've been able to find a really great site I think that not everyone can find such a perfect site where they have all this green space we have a space where no one Minds us being here the property owner is really happy to have us and there's there are no issues but I think that people have to be really really realistic that you're probably not going to park it right in the middle of the city and not everyone is going to love your tiny house and there are issues with septic and how you dispose of your waste you need to be really responsible and careful about the environment around you I think living in our house personally I just feel really free I feel like we can because we don't have debt because we don't have a lot of possessions and because that truly makes us happy we have a lot of freedom if one of us decided that we wanted to change our career tomorrow we absolutely could if one of us decided we wanted to stay home full-time with our kids we could we are architecting our life I don't ever get the sense or feel that we're you know along for the ride we very much feel in control of our lives we have a vision of what we want for our kids how we want to raise them we feel that we're coming into a time ecologically where you know the generation that we're bringing up there they're probably going to need to know how to live with less to live more simply I don't think that the path that the world is on will be sustained for much longer so I feel like we're trying to give our kids some tools in understanding how much they actually need and how much it takes to to really be happy you

Flying Airplane Toilet Bowl with Vacuum Suction.

**Flying Airplane Toilet Bowl with Vacuum Suction.**



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Good video about a vacuum toilet. This free video was created for you by and can be re-used for free, under the creative commons license, with the attribution of epSos.de as the original creator of this video about a vacuum toilet.

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In a large building. The 1000 women use the toilet about 5000 times per day. The annual consumption of clean water is about 7665 m³. If one cubic meter of water costs 1 silver coin. Then such a building uses around 7665 silver coins for the toilet, per year. The vacuum toilets can reduce this cost by 84%. It is clean and saves money.

One of the largest manufacturers of vacuum toilets are in the railway industry. The vacuum toilets are very popular in trains, ships and aircraft, because the vacuum toilets save money. Vacuum toilets can be also used at home and for businesses.

A vacuum toilet is a toilet that uses water and vacuum. Urine and feces are disposed with the help of negative pressure. The drain has a small hole, which is closed by a suction valve. During the flushing process, a small amount of water enters into the toilet bowl. One second later, the extraction valve is opened. The negative pressure, in the vacuum tube, sucks the waste into the drain pipes. Two seconds later, the flushing process is completed. The vacuum toilets are very fast !

Today, the vacuum toilets are mainly used on-board of various aircraft, ships, buses, and trains. Vacuum toilets offer many advantages. For example, aircraft and fast trains are equipped with a pressurized cabin. The toilet would leak, if the tubes were connected to the external air pressure.

In the buses, ships and trains, the vacuum toilet systems are helping to protect the environment and to save money. Urine and feces are collected in the container, instead of disposing them into the wild nature. In the past, the toilet was cleaned in the station. The feces and the urine were put on the track or the road. It was not beautiful and it did smell very bad. We must be very grateful for the invention of the vacuum toilet.

The use of fresh water inside of the vacuum toilets is significantly lower than that of the regular toilet systems. Good vacuum toilets save about 90% of fresh water. This is very beneficial for nature and the money. The rivers, the lakes and the oceans are saved from 90% of pollution. Less chemicals are used. The energy consumption is less, because less water is needed for the sanitary container.

In the universe, a special type of vacuum toilet is used. Traditional toilets are not possible without gravity. In space, the cleaning of the toilet is done by air, because water can not be used. For urine, a funnel is added to the front of the space toilet. The space toilet has belts to prevent the used for flying away.

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How to save money, and green your restaurant, in 9 easy steps

**How to save money, and green your restaurant, in 9 easy steps**



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Learn how to save money, while greening your restaurant, in 9 easy steps!

Listen to Jeff Clark, Conserve program director at the National Restaurant Association, outline easy ways to start saving money in your restaurant today.

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What are the steps?

Step 1: fix leaks. Avoid paying for water, water heating and sewer when you don’t need to! Save around $5 to $400+ per year (depending upon the size of the leak).

Step 2: screw in an efficient pre-rinse spray valve. For $70 you can save $100 to $300+ per year.

Step 3: install LED bulbs where appropriate. Swapping out 12 incandescent bulbs for LEDs can save you $300 per year over the 15-year life of the bulbs.

Step 4: clean your refrigerator/freezer coils. Letting the heat exchange coils get dirty can double the energy use of that appliance eventually.

Step 5: insulate hot water pipes. Cheap to buy at a home improvement store and can raise water temperature 2 to 4 degrees.

Step 6: implement a start-up/shut-down schedule. This requires a little training, but you can get started with our template

Step 7: offer water upon request. Don’t let your servers automatically deliver water to guests. It actually takes three glasses of water to serve one: ice, the water itself and washing the glass each take approx. one glass of H20.

Step 8: start a recycling/composting program. Find out how to if you have recycling in your area at: RecycleFSP.org.

Step 9: slash your food waste. In the United States, nearly 40 percent of food we grow is never eaten (and usually thrown in the landfill).

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thanks everybody for coming this is a great venue very excited to be here my name is Jeff Clark I'm with the National Restaurant Association and I do sustainability so try to make restaurants more environmentally friendly so here's nine things to kind of get the juices flowing get you thinking about what to do fixing leaks okay this isn't very sexy this isn't solar panels on your roof right this is really basic stuff you have a leak in your restaurant you should fix it why if it's hot water especially it's costing you three ways it's cost me for the water itself it's costing you for sheathing the water and third is costing the sewer charges for going down the drain some of these bleak so it's just the dripping sink that can save you between five and over $400 a year if you just do that quick change quick fix maybe an o-ring in your sink next swapping out your premium spray valves this is a real no-brainer okay this is about a seventy dollar piece of gear it'll cut back your cost on again the hot water and how much you're using in that hot water by probably between a hundred and three hundred dollars a year cost about 70 bucks step 3 think about LED light bulb there's an amazing cop decrease in LED bulbs over the past even two years now of course they're way more expensive than the incandescent but here's a little secret they're going to last between fifteen and twenty five years depending on how long they've been on versus your incandescent that burns out typically after about two years twelve LEDs you swap them out save you about 300 bucks step 4 clean your refrigeration coils this one gets overlooked a lot this is a photo I took in a restaurant and you can see it's not supposed to be that gray and gunky if that's literally blocking the air from passing through the cooling coils on your refrigerator really easy to do if you don't do it and it sits long enough it can actually double the energy use of your refrigerator number five insulate your hot water pipes again something that's often overlooked you can see they started and just kind of forgot that last 90% so if you just buy at Home Depot or some other store really cheap insulation you put it on there it can avoid losses of radiating heat out to the atmosphere of around 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit so when you insulate your pipes that means you don't have to heat that water an extra 2 to 4 degrees because you're keeping it in the pipe in the hot water itself step 6 you can shut them down so if you're in your commercial foodservice kitchen you have a bunch of gear chefs love to come in so you're doing lunch prep you're in at 8 a.m. you turn on the oven you turn on the pasta boil you turn on the rain stove you turn everything on and then you start your prep so these things are running for literally 3 hours with nothing in them if you turn off one piece of gear for 30 minutes a day that's going to save you about 100 bucks a year so you can set up a startup shutdown schedule and if you follow it and really keep your chef's on it you can save thousands of dollars a year 7 h2o upon request so in California this is mandatory so you just want to serve your guests water when they ask for it and not before and you can include straws in that too only straws upon request and what's the point of that will it take 3 glasses of water to serve a glass of water you have the water in the glass itself the ice and the water to use to clean the glass that's three glasses total you want to make sure you minimize that if people are going to drink it you just don't serve it to them that easy 8 start recycling and composting but if you just want to kind of get your feet wet get started I recommend checking out this food service packaging tool kit that we developed with the food service packaging institute and basically you just go to recycle food service packaging SSP org and even if you just start with cardboard cardboard is about 25% on average of a restaurants waste stream if you can just just recycle that you're going to easily save around 200 bucks a month and finally really cutting in your food way basically one statistic says that about 40% of all food that's grown goes into the landfill to put that into equivalent actual size if you took all that land that it was required to make all that food it would cover 3/4 the size of the state of California so really taking paying attention to this and even just starting really simply by coating your food is a fantastic way to cut back on stuff going to landfill