One of things many people don’t fully appreciate about a motor home is the fact that there are so many things you can do with them. You can choose to go away on holiday, you can take some time off and just drift from region to region, or you can make the full commitment to your motor home and just live in it fully! You can quite literally give up your terrestrial home and live off the salt of the earth. However even if you are not ready to fully commit to the road life, there are many fine reasons to invest in relaxation with a used motor home.
Comfort: Everyone who goes away always wants to come home so that they can enjoy the “comforts of home.” When you invest in a motor home you will not only get the ability to travel out on your own terms but you will also have a figurative and literal “mobile home” where you can keep your creature comforts close to home. It may seem like a bit of a misnomer but this is why many people who begin simply taking holiday in a motor home wind up making this their permanent home at least for a time.
Ease: The simplicity of being able to pick up and take off at any moment is another one of the big benefits of taking on a motor home. You always want to keep things as easy as possible for you to enjoy yourself while you are away on holiday; having your own transport means as well as accommodations makes moving on a used motor home make total sense.
Mobility: One more thing that many people have a hard time with when they are thinking of making a move on vacation is the task of getting from point A to point B. The cumbersome chore of corralling your whole brood and getting everyone to the same place in or around the same time is enough to make you never want to plan a family getaway again! Lucky for the motor home operator, you can simply pick up your team and head off on your way with limited thought or planning! Simply get up and go!
Relaxation: One of the biggest concerns for folks going anywhere is being able to divorce themselves from the obligations of their former time and just enjoy themselves! Having all of your accommodations, travel, and even some of your meals plotted out by having them take place in your motor home is such a boon! Relaxation can be had sooner and enjoyed for longer when you have your own motor home!
Choice: Finally you want to be able to choose where you go, when you get there, when you leave, and more. If you decide the spot you’ve landed in is good and you want to stay around longer; you can! The reverse is also true by motor travel!
If any of these things sound to you like the reason you should invest in a motor home for you and your family, you should certainly make haste! There is but this one life and you should seize every possible moment you are presented with while enjoying every one. You can invest in relaxation with a used motor home from one of the very best retailers anywhere.
Premier Motor Homes has got your full lineup of gently used and brand new motor homes to fit every budget and every lifestyle. If motor homes are something you see in your future, give them a call today or view their extensive catalog online today!
Build, Buy, Or Retrofit? 3 Green Housing Considerations
Green housing is in high demand, but it’s not yet widely available, posing a serious problem: if you want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, do you invest in building something new and optimize it for sustainability, or do you retrofit a preexisting building?
The big problem when it comes to choosing between these two options is that building a new home creates more waste than retrofitting specific features of an existing home, but it may be more efficient in the long-run. For those concerned with waste and their environmental footprint, the short term and long term impacts of housing are in close competition with each other.
New Construction Options
One reason that new construction is so desired among green living enthusiasts is that it can be built to reflect our highest priorities. Worried about the environmental costs of heating your home? New construction can be built using passive solar design, a strategy that uses natural light and shade to heat or cool the home. Builders can add optimal insulation, build with all sustainable materials, and build exactly to the scale you need.
In fact, scale is a serious concern for new home buyers and builders alike. Individuals interested in green housing will actively avoid building more home than they need – scaling to the square foot matter because that’s more space you need to heat or cool – and this is harder to do when buying. You’re stuck with someone else’s design. In this vein, Missouri S&T’s Nest Home design, which uses recycled shipping containers, combines the tiny home trend with reuse and sustainability.
The Simple Retrofit
From an environmental perspective, there’s an obvious problem with building a new home: it’s an activity of mass consumption. There are already 120 million single-family homes and duplexes in the United States; do we really need more?
Extensive development alone is a good enough reason to intelligently retrofit an existing home rather than building new green structures, but the key is to do so with as little waste as possible. One option for retrofitting older homes is to install new smart home technology that can automate home regulation to reduce energy use.
Real estate agent Roxanne DeBerry sees clients struggle with issues of efficiency on a regular basis. That’s why she recommends tools like the Nest Thermostat, which develops a responsive heating and cooling schedule for the home and can be remotely adjusted via smartphone. Other smart tools for home efficiency include choosing Energy Star appliances and installing water-saving faucets and low-pressure toilets. These small changes add up.
Ultimately, the most effective approach to green housing is likely to be aggressive retrofitting of everything from period homes to more recent construction. This will reduce material use where possible and prevent further aggressive land use. And finally, designers, activists, and engineers are coming together to develop such structures.
In the UK, for example, designers are interested in finding ways to adapt period houses for greater sustainability without compromising their aesthetics. Many have added solar panels, increased their insulation levels, and recently they even developed imitation sash triple glazed windows. As some have pointed out, the high cost of heating these homes without such changes will push these homes out of relevance without these changes. This is a way of saving existing structures.
Harvard is also working on retrofitting homes for sustainability. Their HouseZero project is designed for near-zero energy use and zero carbon emissions using geothermal heating and temperature radiant surfaces. The buildings bridge the gap between starting over and putting up with unmanageable heating and cooling bills.
It will take a long time to transition the majority of individuals to energy efficient, green housing but we’re headed in the right direction. What will your next home be like? As long as the answer is sustainable, you’re part of the solution to our chronic overuse – of land, energy, water, and more.
How the Auto Industry is Lowering Emissions
Currently, the automotive industry is undergoing an enormous change in a bid to lower carbon emissions. This has been pushed by the Government and their clean air plans, where they have outlined a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
Public Health Crisis
It is said that the levels of air pollution lead to 40,000 early deaths in the UK, with London being somewhere that is particularly bad. This has led to the new T-Charge, where heavy polluting cars will pay a new charge on top of the existing congestion charge. Other cities have taken action too, with Oxford recently announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel cars from the city centre by 2020.
It is clear that the Government is taking action, but what about the auto industry? With the sale of petrol and diesel plummeting and a sharp rise in alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is clear that the industry is taking note and switching focus to green cars. There are now all kinds of fantastic eco-friendly cars available and a type to suit every motorist whether it is a small city car or an SUV.
Of course, it is the cars that are currently on the road that are causing the problem. The used car market is enormous and filled with polluting automobiles, but there are steps that you can take to avoid dangerous automobiles. It is now more important than ever to get vehicle checks carried out through HPI, as these can reveal important information about the automobile’s past and they find that 1 in 3 cars has a hidden secret of some kind. Additionally, they can now perform recall checks to see if the manufacturer has recalled that particular automobile. This allows people to shop confidently and find vehicles that are not doing as much damage to the environment as others.
With the rise in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is now becoming increasingly more common to see them on UK roads. Public perception has changed drastically in the last few years and this is because of the air pollution crisis, as well as the fact that there are now so many different reasons to switch to electric cars, such as Government grants and no road tax. A similar change in public opinion has happened in the United States, with electric car sales up by 47% in 2017.
The US is leading the way for lowering emissions as they have declined by 758 million metric tons since 2005, which is the largest amount by far with the UK in second with a decline of 170 million metric tons. Whilst it is clear that these two nations are doing a good job, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to improve the air quality and stop so many premature deaths as a result of pollution.
With the Government’s plans, incentives to make the change and a change in public perception, it seems that the electric car revolution is fully underway.