Patrick Timpone

Sharon Astyk

Writer, Teacher, Blogger, and Farmer

Whose family uses 80% less energy and resources than the average American household

We had a fun hour talking with Sharon Astyk about creating the lives and homes we really want. This is a great show about becoming more sustainable and reconnecting with a simpler way of life bringing more happiness, joy and contentment. She shared ideas for heating and cooling our homes, growing, storing and preserving food and using less technology for a higher quality of life.

Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place encourages us to be resilient in the face of hard times, pointing out the beauty, grace, and elegance that often result in embracing a simpler, and truly more abundant reality. Living more sustainably by living with less “stuff” helps real people to use the resources they already have to create stronger, and more resilient families that leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Written from the perspective of a family who has already made this transition, Making Home show readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more– more happiness, more security and more peace of mind.

Learn simple and effective ways we can treat our planet and our budgets with care:

Save money on everything from heating and cooling to refrigeration, laundry, water, sanitation, cooking and cleaningAre fridges and other “customary” kitchen appliances really necessary? Learn how to overhaul a kitchen for greater power savings and sustainability (begins p.120)

How, why, and who should even try to get involved with local food production? (Chapter 8)

25 things to consider growing at home (Chapter 8)

How and why we should build an “economy of love” and organize our world in a way that shows amity toward our neighbors, our animals, and our earth (Chapter 12)

We must make fundamental changes to our way of life in the face of ongoing economic crisis and energy depletion. Making Home takes the fear out of this prospect, and invites us to embrace a simpler, more abundant reality.

Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher, blogger, and farmer whose family uses 80% less energy and resources than the average American household. She is a member of the Board of Directors of ASPO-USA, and the author of 3 previous books including Depletion and Abundance and Independence Days. Read her blog at



sharon astyk and making it at home, september 26, 2012

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