October 2011

Becoming a Self-Sufficient Homeowner

Author Betsy Matheson answers in her DIY book with 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle.

The ethic of doing things yourself is built largely around the individual’s need to be self-sufficient, independent and fully capable of handling projects around the home. Whether or not a homeowner feels this particular need, the fact is that being able to handle problems without calling a contractor can often save a lot of money. In an economy where jobs are at a premium and many people are struggling with their finances, being able to avoid paying an extra bill should be every homeowner’s priority.

DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle by Betsy Matheson attempts to provide the reader with the tools for accomplishing a wide number of household jobs themselves. All of the projects in this book have the aim of improving a home by making its owner less reliant on products and services from outside the homestead. For example, Ms Matheson has projects for building solar panels and installing energy systems that are not connected to a utility company’s grid. She also includes methods of growing food, including building a greenhouse and raising livestock. The methods used in this book can be adapted for both rural and urban dwellings.