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Creating Net Zero Shipping Container Homes for Sustainable Living

How A Small Investment Can Give You A Carefree Lifestyle of Low Carbon Footprint No Debt and All The Comforts of Modernity!

Shipping container homes are cheaper to build than a regular home. While a single container home might cost around $30,000 to build, a house of similar size would cost you around $90,000 to build, more than 3 times more than the shipping container home. Many container homes are designed with energy-efficient features, such as solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems. These sustainable practices reduce the strain on urban infrastructure and contribute to the overall environmental health of the city.

Shipping containers are typically made from steel which conducts heat very well except in the winter so incorporating a wood stove or fireplace is helpful, but in a hot climate, keeping a container cool is easy with a few smart design choices. Choose a larger-than-necessary roof to extend over the home, shading windows from direct sunlight.

This Shipping container house is designed with wood and wall board covering metal walls - The challenge was transforming shipping containers into this incredible 3000’ square foot home. The home has three floors. The main floor gives you a combined dining area (with window display along one wall) and kitchen with an extended eating bar connected by a hall to the great room with windows on two sides and an electric solar powered fireplace on the third wall.

The second floor gives you a gym and home theater set at an angle to the rest of the home connected to a home office and bedroom with bath. The master suite is on the third floor and has its own stackable washer dryer. The cost of this container home is $125,000.00 US including the 25 solar panels Powerwall battery system and atmospheric water generator! A 2,000-square-foot house will likely need around 18 solar panels, while a 3,000sq ft usually utilizes approximately 25 panels. Couple that with a battery system and your power problems are over in perpetuity!

The Tesla Powerwall is the most popular home battery of all time. This high-powered battery pack is riding the dual waves of the Tesla brand's widespread automotive recognition and a boom in residential solar adoption that's been reinforced by numerous incentives, including a federal tax credit that allows you to claim 30% of the total cost of your storage system back on your tax return.

If you need clean chemical-free water 24/7 for your family’s bathing and washing, a whole house atmospheric water generator that generates 1000 liters a day will be worth the $12,000 dollar investment.

Comparable to the life of a car or major appliance, the average atmospheric water generator should last from 20 – 25 years. There are very few moving parts. The lifespan of the machines will depend primarily on the maintenance of the compressor. All these great technologies utilize cheap, sustainable energy such as solar and in most cases so far it is cheaper to buy a unit that supplies all your water needs for 25 years than a 2 dollar bottle of water every day to get such generators.

One bottle of water daily would cost $18,250.00 for each family member over the course of 25 years, factor in the average American water bill and that would be another $25,000.00 (The average American family spends more than $1,000 per year on water costs, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That translates to about an $83 monthly water bill). or instead of spending $43,250.00 over 25 years, spend $12,000.00 one time for drinking, bathing, gardening etc. water, while building your home.

For small Farms or office buildings SkyH2O's flagship Atmospheric Water Generator MAXIMUS system is rated to produce 10,500 liters/day (2,775 gal/day), with an expected life of +25 years. Its cost is $25,000.00. Which over time is what the average American homeowner spends on water! As the technology becomes more commonplace prices will drop accordingly.


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