Living off the Grid in Your Tiny House

On October 11th 2016 by Cathy No Comments

You want to get away from it all. Do you have a sense of adventure, or just wanting to be prepared? Either way, the thought of bringing your tiny house to a secluded mountainside sounds like an exciting idea. The view is gorgeous. The nature is untouched. Your closest neighbor is a family of deer just over the rise. The motitive for you to put your tiny house on a piece of land without any direct access to the grid, could be one of many reasons. Smaller footprint, vacation, or just being prepared? Whatever the reason, we all want to be able to live comfortable. We’ve dropped the tiny house, lets take a shower and cook dinner. Can this be done without plugging into the grid?

Mountain View

Of course it can. But what are your options? Your tiny house can be built to accommodate the fact that there are no service utilities within miles and miles of your location. Or you can make the adjustments after the fact, it will just be a little more work.

Let’s start with electricity. The three most common solutions are: solar, wind, and microhydro electricty. They all have their upsides and downsides, but it comes down to where is your tiny house is going to be parked. Does it get sun, 90% of the time, or is it windy on the top of the mountain, or are you living next to a stream that can power your electricity. With a tiny house under 200 square foot, your options for power and the cost for those option is much less, then your current residence. If you want to have lights at night, or a hot shower, these are all possible.

Then consider the source of potable water. You could be lucky and live right next to a stream, and all you need is a bucket and a filtration device. But chances are it will be just a tad more difficult then that. Rainwater collection tanks is the easiest solution, or you could drill for a well, but with the idea of being portable, that may not be an option. That stream idea is looking better and better isn’t is.

Propane for cooking and heating water is a good alternative.  A Composting toilet will save on unnecessary use of water.  A wood burning stove for heat.  Use of LED lighting will use less electricity.  And when all else fails, don’t forget the backup generator.

These are things to consider when you think you want to live off the grid. Any tiny house can be built with these features or can have these features added at a later date. It is likely to add thousands to the cost of construction, but if this is how you want to live, then this is money well spent.

Research shows few tiny houses are built with these features for stock. So be prepared to special order your tiny home. The Tiny Abode can work with whatever your needs are, just ask us.

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