5 Green Energy Solutions for Tiny Houses & Living

It’s no secret that tiny homes have numerous advantages. Not only are they easier and less expensive to purchase and maintain, but they also use less energy. They make for ideal dwelling places for minimalist bohemians and people who would rather pursue frugal lifestyles.

If you are planning to transition to a tiny community, it is important that you know the best solutions for putting a cap on the amount of energy you regularly consume.

Here are a few steps to help make your tiny home more earth-friendly and keep your monthly energy payments low!

1. Add insulation and ventilation

Of course, the most effective way to keep your heating and cooling costs down is to install adequate insulation in your tiny home.  For this, it helps if you pay attention to the required R-values that your home needs to achieve optimum ventilation. And speaking of ventilation, you should find a good HVAC system and check if there are any indications of leaking along the air ducts. Applying these measures should help you save a ton of money on keeping the interior properly cooled.

2. Install solar panels

Sustainable energy is all the rage for many tiny homeowners, so you might as well jump in and look for a suitable solar system to fit the needs of your home. With solar panels installed on the roof of your tiny home, you will be able to generate enough backup energy for when you need to put a cap on your monthly consumption.

3. Weatherstrip and seal openings

In the same vein as standard houses, tiny homes should be inspected for gaps and other openings that let cold air seep in. For starters, you will need to weatherstrip your doors and windows. You might also need to cover up any gaps and cracks that let in cold air.

4. Use energy-efficient lightbulbs

This is a no-brainer, but many owners of tiny homes seem to overlook the value of swapping old bulbs with newer, more energy-efficient ones. Perhaps the process of transitioning to eco-friendly lighting is thought to be tedious on their part. At any rate, LED bulbs are known to consume less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs. Sure, using incandescent bulbs might seem a good aesthetic choice, but wouldn’t it be better to just look for energy-efficient alternatives that give the same effect instead?

5. Monitor your consumption

A tiny home lifestyle is ideal for people who don’t mind scaling down their living space. But what they should consider is the amount of electricity they consume each month. If you’re the type of person who is very particular on keeping your cost of living low, you may have to keep tabs on your power bill before and after the big move to your tiny home. For this, you may want to compare different solar electricity plans and see which one can bring in the most benefits. This should help you make better decisions for greater sustainability.

Be a part of the green movement by applying these tips to your tiny home! For sure, you’re saving something greater than just a few dollars on your energy bills.

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Stephanie McQueen

Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She enjoys collecting information about tiny houses and writing easy-to-understand articles that help you make informed decisions whether you're building, buying, renting, selling, or parking your tiny house. Only thing she loves to do more than hoard information? Share it! Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn, her portfolio, or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.

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