Tiny houses are popular for so many reasons—they are fun, eco-friendly, and offer affordable and flexible lifestyles. However, if you are considering a tiny house, be sure to think about a couple of things before making this exciting change.
One thing to consider is how you plan on powering your brand new mini abode. Well, the good news is that there are several options to choose from. But which is the right choice for you and your family? Of course, this depends on a number of factors. In this post, we look at a few popular power supply options and explore the pros and cons of each.
4 Power Options for Your Tiny Home
- Solar Panels
Solar panels are a popular choice for tiny homes as either a partial or primary power source for off-the-grid options. One set back is that solar power panels can be quite costly to install. And, it can be challenging to figure out how many solar panels you’ll need to generate sufficient power. Also, if you live in an area with significant cloud cover throughout the year, you may struggle to get enough energy to power your tiny home. You can, however, get a backup generator or another power source to tap into when necessary.
It’s important to note that while solar panels aren’t cheap, they are an excellent investment for your new tiny home. Not only do they lower your monthly bills, but they also increase the value of your small home if and when you may decide to sell it.
- Wind Turbines
Another great off-the-grid option for tiny homeowners is to install wind turbines on your roof. Wind turbines convert the wind’s kinetic energy to produce electrical power. Of course, you’ll need to be in a windy area for this to be a viable option. Like solar panels, a small wind turbine may not be able to generate enough power to keep your tiny home up and running when it comes to power. Again, you may need to have a backup generator to lean on when necessary.
Before deciding whether this is the best power source for your new little home, it’s essential to know that wind turbines are very costly when it comes to installation. Plus, they also require regular maintenance and upkeep.
- Regular Electricity
A popular and oh-so-reliable choice, tiny houses can hook up to regular power just like a traditional home. While this may be the easiest fuss-free option, it may not fit into your dreams of living a greener lifestyle. However, opting for a traditional electricity source doesn’t mean you can’t choose more eco-friendly options in other areas of your tiny home.
Did you know that you can plug in your tiny house with an extension cord? With a particular electrical outlet on the outside of your house and an RV extension cord, you can connect your tiny home to a public grid at an RV park, tiny home community, or anywhere that has an electric hookup.
- Gas Generators
Another great off-the-grid option for a tiny home is a gas-powered generator. As the name suggests, gas generators rely on gas to provide electricity throughout your small space. However, these gas generators do come with a few downsides. For example, you’ll have to put up with the noise and fuel expenses that come with this option.
A word to the wise, when looking to purchase a gas generator, don’t always go for the cheapest option possible. Do your homework and look at customer reviews as some of these gas generators can be faulty and extremely unreliable.
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