While observing my home’s economy as a whole I started to take note of the different areas in which I consumed, produced or distributed goods or services. On surface level, the home doesn’t seem to produce anything. It only consumes things, but after a little further investigation, my home does produce stuff, just not really great stuff.
Ultimately I broke down my home economy into 12 areas. If you think there should be additional areas or some of my areas don’t belong, make sure to comment below and let me know. I’m curious to what you have to say. Anyways, the 12 areas that I broke my home economy into are as follows.
- Food/Water- Everyone that’s alive consumes food and water. Does your home produce any food or potable water, or does your home only consume it from outside sources?
- Shelter- This is our actual, physical home. We want it to be a certain temperature and provide certain amenities, but is it providing them as efficiently as possible? Is my thermal envelope doing its job? What is my thermal envelope?
- Energy- We all consume energy in one form or another. Gasoline for our vehicle, natural gas or oil for our home, and electricity for our home are all examples of energy consumed by our home economy. Does your home economy produce energy or is it like mine and only consumes energy currently?
- Waste- We finally came to something that pretty much every home actually produces…waste. Problem is, it’s something nobody wants, so we have to pay to get it taken away. Can we reduce our waste? If so, how much can we reduce it and how?
- Health- Our health is a key to our home economy. We are the driving factor of our home economy, so the more healthy we are the better we are. Beyond that though, economically, we as individuals consume all of our healthcare from outside and are only capable of handling minimum healthcare requirements within our home. What things can we do to make ourselves more efficient in maintaining our own health? Food and water likely has a role to play in this.
- Money/Finance- This is the current backbone of the average home economy. Money is the common medium of exchange which we all use. Money is a necessary evil, but should it be the solution for EVERYTHING we need, or just the things we need that we can’t acquire another way? The monetary system is extremely inefficient, and avoiding it when there is another way to acquire things for your home economy is almost always better.
- Culture/Spirit- Everyone has their own culture and their own spiritual beliefs, however most of our culture and spirit is consumed from society as a whole and very little is added to culture or spirit by the individual. Instead of creating your home’s culture and spirit by consuming outside ideas of culture and spirit, it might be more beneficial to achieving personal life goals to create a culture and spirit that fits in line with your principles instead of what fits in line with society’s version.
- Law- As it stands now, we all have laws we have to obey or we will get arrested. These laws are set by congressmen and women or by local jurisdictions, but as an individual are we just consuming (obeying) the laws or are we actively participating in this process? By just consuming, are we allowing laws to pass that we would consider immoral?
- Security- What kind of security does your home economy have? Not just physical security, but financial security, cyber security, food/water security or even energy security? Your security is your responsibility and nobody else’s.
- Communication- Communication is paramount in today’s age. Communication with our family and friends through phones and internet have changed everything. Now we can even communicate with complete strangers all over the world. What do you want to communicate to the world? What communications do you consume from the world?
- Education- Generally as individuals we consume education, this is how we improve ourselves. It’s important though, to consider where we are consuming this education from and also to look at how we are producing education for others in society to help them. Helping to educate others in areas you’re an expert at is as important as consuming education to grow as an individual.
- Transportation- We all go from one place to another in one way or another. Be it a plane, a train, automobile or feet, we all have to get around. Also, many of us have to move things as well as ourselves. So when I look at transportation I look to see if there are better means to achieve the ends I wish to achieve. This can range from downsizing your car to getting an electric car all the way to producing your own bio-diesel. How much money do we spend per mile of travel per year? Are there better/more efficient ways to get from A to B?
As you can see, once we start to dive down into Home Economics, it can become a lot more detailed and involved. Not to be overwhelmed though, my plan is to approach one thing at a time with specific projects that will hopefully have a positive impact on one or more areas. With each project, I’ll stick to my version of the scientific method and come up with a way to observe before and after the project to determine results so that I can share them with you as accurately as possible.