The ways people use their backyards has completely changed in last 20 to 30 years. While it was previously seen as an idyllic space where you and your friends gather around for Sunday barbeque, now it is seen as an empty lot where you can improve basic functionality of your home.
What do I mean by this?
More and more families are thinking about their backyard in terms of harvesting rainwater, collecting energy and growing plants. This is especially common in last 10 years as most western countries are still in recession or growing slowly. It also coincides with our view of nature and preserving planet.
Without further ado, let’s check the best 4 ways to utilize your backyard.
- Growing a garden
Vegetable and fruit gardens are really popular in last couple of years even if you are living in an urban environment.
People are partially opting for this solution as a way to save money. Given the weak economy, a lot of the urban workforce has been laid off and find it hard to get a new job especially in cities that are on a downward spiral.
Another great thing about gardens is that they allow you to control the entire growing process. Instead of feeding your children with GMOs, you are able to eat fresh, natural food.
Lastly, gardening is becoming more popular as there are more and more vegans and vegetarians.
- Solar panels
Solar panels are no longer a thing that people frown upon due to its high price. Nowadays, getting several products is really cheap due to a high competition. In fact, governments of certain countries are even giving subsidies and other assistance to homeowners wanting to install this system.
The benefit is clear: you are able to produce your own power without being dependent on local government and local power supply facilities. If that wasn’t enough, you are also able to save a lot of money over the longer period of time.
All you need is some space in your backyard and you can have personal power generating facility.
- Helping refugees
Refugee issue has become global. No matter where you live, it will affect you in one way or another. So, instead of closing your eyes to them, why don’t you open your home?
In some European countries, providing shelter to refugees has become normal. If you have some spare space, why would you help? Anyway, you don’t need much; all you need is some space in your backyard where refugees can setup their tents until they find a better option.
- Collecting rainwater
Rainwater collection is nothing new; it existed for quite a while.
Nevertheless, the entire system of water collection has become much more sophisticated.
Back in the day, you could collect rainwater with barrels. After a rainy day, all the water from the roof would pour down to your barrels and then, you could’ve used it for cleaning your car or watering plants. Although rainwater barrel collection method is still very popular (due to the fact it is really cheap and easy to install), rainwater tanks are slowly taking over.
Rainwater tanks collect water similar to barrels. However, after that, the water is distributed throughout the house with a water pump. This water if filtrated along the way so you can use it for drinking and taking a bath. If you have a boiler or some other heating system you will also have hot water.
Although backyard fun is still very popular, people are becoming more conscious regarding their environment and social role. Backyards have become a viable resource, a resource that can be used to generate energy, grow food and help those in need.