The most ordinary saving and enterprise allows us a lot, especially when it comes to giving. Therefore, today we are studying practical techniques that will help us become economical summer residents.
In our article there will be no complicated or abstruse things, but only what we encounter every day on the territory of our own site. In view of constant employment, fatigue and many distracting factors, we do not even pay attention to how you can seriously simplify your life. Judge for yourself, the same greenhouse made of plastic bottles, flower beds made of tires or a fence made of wheels ... not everyone thought of such a thing. These materials most often go to garbage, but they can become a real find.
Our article on the topic of economy and practicality in the country is a real social material, to the study and addition of which we encourage all readers. We even have hopes that we can create our own little summer cottage Wikipedia, right here in the comments, where each of you can submit your own idea, and thereby make the lives of thousands of summer residents easier, more interesting and more fun. Well then, let's get started!
Saving water in the country
A sore point, especially when the plot is large. We need to water the garden, garden, flowerbeds, conduct water in a greenhouse and a small school with a young shrub, do not forget to irrigate country paths from the dust that stands as a pillar ... Having calculated the total water consumption, you immediately realize that almost 30-40% goes in an unknown direction therefore watering needs to be optimized as much as possible.
Firstly, high-quality taps, pipes and filters, connections and highways that will reduce water losses and in a year or two will fully pay off. Secondly, the correct use of water in the country is drip irrigation for the garden and greenhouse, manual, economical and strictly targeted watering in the garden, where the trees need water, and not the whole soil.
In addition, the elementary saving of water on its timely overlap in the shower, washing, and when watering. According to statistics, it is on this factor that up to 20% of losses are concentrated.
Saving electricity in the country
Electric energy is expensive, and we spend it tremendously. House heating and water heating, cooking and washing things, pumps in the well and pools, elementary lighting of the dacha and decorative lighting of the garden.
Of course, taking it and just turning off the light is the easiest way, but this is not saving, but a mockery of yourself, and therefore we are looking for practical ways to save.
- Firstly, the installation of energy-saving lamps, but not cheap, otherwise you can get the opposite effect (cheap fakes burn out quickly, but are expensive).
- Secondly, the use of natural coolants - the water in the shower heats up well in the tank in the sun, if it is of good quality, and the house is heated with wood, provided there is a stove or stove.
- Thirdly, there is always the possibility of cooking a lot of goodies on fire - shurpa, fish soup, smoky soups, grilled vegetables and meat, barbecue, smoked and so on.
And how do you like the idea of installing a windmill or solar panels in the country. Of course, such a step will have to be well thought out, and spent in the first stages, but then you can save a significant amount of money!
Saving energy is a serious issue for many of us, and therefore it is worth considering ... maybe less often use electric pumps, dynamic lighting of the site, use batteries in the country, etc.
Savings in the country and practicality
Saving water and light, we save money that we don’t spend and don’t spend not on paying bills, but on our own use - on seedlings, seeds, fertilizers and so on, but we can learn not to spend the money we saved ourselves, and even multiply.
In this section, we would like to focus on a lot, but gradually, because you yourself have repeatedly noticed some points, but you never took them into account to save!
The practicality of using nature
Let's say there is a river or a pond near the summer residence, stakes or a trickle. It is here that you can always find gravel for small suburban construction (arbors, supporting walls, barbecue, etc.). In addition, there are large stones that are suitable for paving, decorating lawns, creating flower beds.
Near the water you can find clay, which is not only an excellent binding material, but also a plastic mass for the repair of houses, sheds, and other buildings in the country.
Near a river or other body of water there are always many plants that can be transferred to a summer pond so as not to spend money on them, from here you can also take sand for construction, if there is one on the shore. And what’s most interesting, if there is a pond nearby, a water intake can be made from it.
Any ditch or small ravine in the country becomes a natural and compost pit, in which you can cook a long compost of twigs and wood chips. Organic garbage can also be thrown here, without bothering with the removal and dooming to transportation costs.
Use of construction waste for the good
Here, too, I want to establish order so as not to get confused.
So, the collapsed barn can become a donor of boards and timber for the new. Not all material can be used, but part of it can certainly become useful. If not, boards and logs can be thrown on sawdust and free mulch, made of them, say, the same compost. In addition, from some elements it will turn out to build boundary fences in the country, let the tree into the hearth or barbecue, instead of expensive firewood.
Any old metal arch, fence or frame from anything easily becomes a “supplier” of scrap metal for the construction of small architectural forms, vertical flower beds, helps to organize supports for plants and seedlings, which in a new form in stores and on the market are quite expensive. In addition, if there is a lot of metal in the country, try to allocate the day, cut it correctly, weigh it and recycle it. You are better than someone else in your absence!
The broken stone and brick left after the construction becomes an excellent material for spilling in construction, creating pillows for light foundations, as well as for drainage, which we need very often. Sand, gravel, screenings and small waste can also be used for summer cottages, fill pits with similar rubbish, dry mud and puddles in the country.
Plastic and glass bottles are also considered garbage, but find excellent use in the country. Original crafts, decorating houses and flower beds, creating all kinds of exclusive solutions based on them, and so on. Remember what a greenhouse made of plastic bottles or an urn costs in the market will cost you a lot.
Do it yourself in the country
We all know electricians and plumbers, builders and ordinary workers, who are ready to charge us for certain services. But if you think constructively, we can do almost everything on our own. We built gazebos and insulated verandas, repaired the house and installed windows in the country, assembled sectional fences and installed wickets. In addition, not so long ago we talked about the water supply of the cottages, sewers and lighting, raised topics about the construction of barbecues and stoves. Greenhouses are not a question for us at all, awnings and country furniture are very simple, so why pay people for the work that we can do on our own at the cottage? Isn’t this the main treatise of savings?
Turning “air” into money
In fact, we will not sell air, we will only offer you some options not only for saving, but also for earning in the country ... after all, this is practicality, is not it?
Selling berries and fruits is understandable, but you can also trade in seedlings, greenery from greenhouses, and the remains of seedlings. And you can grow it all at once for sale, for example, by making a winter thermos greenhouse, growing dill and parsley on the windowsill.
We have already talked about scrap metal, but let us remind you again - if there is one, urgently put it into construction or hand it over for money. As usual, the costly “garbage” in the country, left unattended, does not linger on the spot for a long time.
A variant of earnings is the sale of firewood. For example, you clean the old garden for renovation, but you cannot find the use of logs. You can spend the day, cut the harvested trees into several cubic meters of firewood and sell it to neighbors.
If not, our articles on creating rutaria and decorating stumps and logs will be useful. If you want, you can always do it yourself a wonderful thing for a summer residence, and then sell it for money.
One way to save electrical energy (video)
We have presented you only a small part of the ways that will help not only save on a summer residence, but also earn money. Let's help each other, share comments, use our own knowledge and experience not only for our own benefit, but also to other summer residents, because we have no competition, but only support !!!