RV Living or Owning A House: Which One Is A More Eco-Friendly Option?

Do not protect the environment; rather work on creating a world where the environment doesn’t need any protection. And one of the first steps to do it is by evaluating whether owning a house is a friendlier option for the environment than RV living while quenching your wanderlust. At a quick glance, stumbling upon one of the used Class A motor homes for sale and hitting the accelerator cannot be considered a very sensible eco-friendly step. On close inspection, however, living in a home-on-wheels has its own set of unseen benefits.

RV Living or Owning A House: Which One Is A More Eco-Friendly Option?

And in order to back up the claim, let’s review the three typical RV lifestyles usually preferred by most US households.

The Wanderer Lifestyle

A wanderer can be described as a miniature version of Bear Grylls, someone who has no problem in camping in the wilderness or moving from a beach to a mountain in a heartbeat. A typical wanderer loves living in a campervan that is equipped with bare essentials such as a small sink, a tiny heater, and a miniscule fridge. Seeing the world is his highest priority, and so he travels the most compared to the two other types.

The upfront cost of buying a used campervan and decking it up a bit will be something around $16,000. However, his annual cost on camping fees will approximately be $6000, whereas if he goes on to rent an apartment, his annual fee will be around $18,000. Not only is house rent three times more than RV living, but annual carbon footprint of renting a house will also get quite higher because of a heavy reliance on water usage, electricity consumption, and daily commute.

The Family Lifestyle

Dad, mom, two kids and a dog – a perfect picture of a family living on the road. Normally, the preferred road warrior for a family is an Airstream. Traveling the nation is a priority, but not the most important one. While the family is living on the road, the dad has to work remotely throughout the week whereas the mom homeschools the kids and manages the daily chores. This is why the family lives at a campground during the weekdays, and the traveling is done during the weekends.

Buying a big condominium in a suburb area will cost $250,000 for a family. Along with tax charges, the annual cost goes up a few notches higher if you include a car in the scenario. Condominiums are new constructions, requiring lots of electricity and water for cooling and heating purposes. On the other hand, the upfront cost for an Airstream along with a van will cost less than $50,000 along with an annual camping fee of approximately $12,000.

The Retiree Lifestyle

Over the last decade, many US retirees have taken up the full-time RV lifestyle. Being over the age of 50, they choose to with the comfort of the Class A motor homes. As they are not into too much of traveling, their preference is spending at least a couple of months at the same spot, taking things slow and relishing every moment.

As their top preference is luxury, many retirees tend to choose large condominiums in high-end cities such as Naples or Phoenix. If they have enough money to spend, they will also end up driving popular cars such as a Cadillac, which is a preferred pick among baby boomers. The collective upfront cost of the condominium and the car will nearly reach $300,000, with annual taxes reaching as much as $6,000. Added to this is the excessive usage of electricity and water. The cost to the environment in the form of carbon footprint of course comes extra. In case of a luxurious Class A motor home, the price of purchasing one is likely to be around $200,000. RV parks for luxury vehicles come with high-end amenities, which will cost the motor home owner an annual charge of nearly $8,000.

What about Electricity Consumption?

Even though RV living forces the residents to constrain their electricity and water consumption, you must be wondering that all the travel done by the RV burns excessive fuel and leaves a considerable carbon footprint. How much of this is true? Let us go back to the three types of RV-ers.

An average American travels 13,500 miles every year. Roughly, a true-blue wanderer travels over 30,000 miles, the family travels around 20,000 miles, and a retiree travels nearly 8,000 miles per year in their RVs. In all these three cases, the fuel consumption is higher than any average US resident. However, let us look at things from a different angle.

An RV traveler doesn’t have to rely on the grid. A standard RV is equipped with 10 light bulbs, five cubic feet refrigerator, one TV, and 200 square feet of heating and air conditioning. A solar panel kit, with the starting price of around $300, can sufficiently meet the basic electricity requirements. On the other hand, if you are living in the suburbs where a standard condominium can be as big as 2,000 square feet, there are nearly 50 light bulbs, 20 cubic feet refrigerator, two to three TVs, and the required heating and air conditioning arrangements.

You get the picture, right? Do the math!

Yes, it is true that fuel consumption is higher for full-time RV travelers than the ones who live in a house. However, if you consider electricity usage, RV living proves to be more eco-friendly than living in a brick-and-mortar home. According to personal data collected from full-time RV travelers, it is seen that yearly electricity consumption in an RV is 57.3 percent lower, and yearly water consumption in an RV is 92.8 percent lower than an average American household. Now that is some staggering figure!

Embrace an RV lifestyle, as it is considerably a lot greener than the standard way of living. Even if you find one of the used Class A motor homes for sale and hop on board, you will end up saving a lot of our resources. RVs are greener than you think, and now is your time to prove it.

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