As a Gen Zer right out of school, I was saddled with significant debt and had no work experience.
Then the COVID pandemic closed everything down, and I had to fight to survive for a few months.
I managed to make a living writing web content, but it didn’t pay a lot, and our living situation was tentative. This is what led myself and others to purchase a “tiny house” to live in, because I realized it might be the only house I could ever afford. The entire house is many hundred square feet, about the size of a big bedroom ,but it had power, plumbing, and air conditioning. There are no ductworks, of course, there isn’t enough room for them, so instead I rely on a small, portable cooling system that I can sit in the window. It looks kind of funny, a boxy metal cooling system sitting on a neat stack of cinderblocks, because the tiny window sill is not strong enough to support it. The thing is that it works great, and since our locale is so small an AC device designed for one room cools down the whole houseâ€¦ When the weather turns, I can store the cooling system in the shed, transport the cinder blocks, and get back to normal. When it gets frigid I have a space heater, but it is so small I don’t have to stick it outside. Another benefit of using these devices instead of a central Heating and Air Conditioning idea is that I save a whole lot of money on our energy bills.