Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton is a yoga & fitness teacher, blogger, and green homesteader living in the British Columbia mountains. She spends most of her days chopping wood, digging dirt, learning to fix things, and babying her 3 cats. She's very keen on furry creatures and the smell of balsam fir trees.

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  1. […] 10 Ways to Be More Self Sufficient Without Having a Homestead/Farm […]

  2. beccaWA
    beccaWA June 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM .

    All great ideas. I hang my laundry outside in summer, and use a clothes rack inside in winter for lightweight things. Unfortunately I feel the need to use my dryer a bit in winter, so those wool dryer balls look great! I’ve been meaning to make a small box-like thing out of furnace filters so I can vent my dryer hose inside in the winter.

    I supplement my winter heat with a wood stove, and use the fan (not the heat, just the fan) on the furnace to circulate the warm air through the house, along with a ceiling fan.

    I do have basic cable TV, only because it was cheaper than paying for Internet connection only! sheesh. Our library has digital downloads, so I can check out movies and watch them on the computer. Trying to figure out how to get that signal on my TV. A wireless Widi system I think…

    Anyway, thanks for sharing! Great ideas. 🙂

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  5. lisa lynn
    lisa lynn January 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM .

    Great ideas! I featured your post today on The HomeAcre Hop! Congrats!

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  7. Summers Acres
    Summers Acres January 15, 2014 at 1:21 PM .

    Good list of ideas. I don’t think I go go the no toilet paper route though. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

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  8. Marla
    Marla January 15, 2014 at 6:04 AM .

    Some very good ideas. Not sure I agree with the paperless toilet. The extra water you use would be substantial – so would it really be good for the environment? Buying 2nd hand clothes I have done all my life and do as much as possible to preserve the environment and use healthy and common sense in buying things.

  9. Joyce @ It's Your Life
    Joyce @ It's Your Life January 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM .

    What a great post, we never frown upon hand me downs or the thrift store. I have bought a number of items with tags still on them, not looking for them, they were just there. Thanks so much for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist, featuring this post on tomorrow’s link up, and sharing on g+. Following on g+.

  10. Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick
    Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick January 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM .

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

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    The Chicken Chick

  11. Vickie
    Vickie January 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM .

    Great list! I love all the suggestions except getting rid of the toilet paper. Not. gonna. happen. 🙂
    I agree that being completely, 100%, self sustaining and self reliable would be a great dream, but as social creatures living in a global economy, we actually depend on each other a tad bit! Like you said, I could never make my own pair of shoes and the car does come in handy at times. But, that doesn’t mean we all shouldn’t take the idea of consumerism down a notch or two! If we all grow our own food, preserve it, and then cook at home instead of going to Mickey D’s, we would all be healthier (and thinner)! Likewise, if everyone would turn off all of their electronic devices every night, there would actually be an excess of power! I love your blog and have become a new subscriber!

  12. Patrick @ Survival at Home
    Patrick @ Survival at Home December 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM .

    Great article! Not sure how the kids would deal with the bidet, though… lol

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