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The Energy Benefits of Downsizing

If you are new to tiny home living, then you’ll be surprised at how much energy savings you can get from living in a tiny house. However, you have to understand that purchasing a tiny home also comes with considerable investment and planning on your part. For one, you need to work with your electric company on how you can install an energy supply in your tiny home. Once you have that worked out, you can begin to reap the energy-saving benefits of living in a small house.

When it comes to lower energy consumption, here are some of the benefits of tiny home living:

Less Lighting Needs

Since you have a smaller space, the need for using bulbs to keep your home lit up is less. Fewer lights mean lower energy consumption.

Less Heating and Cooling Consumption

When it comes to heating, you can benefit from energy savings in two ways. One, you tend to use less energy in the winter months because the heating system only needs to heat a small and confined space. The same thing can be said for heating your water. Since you have no bathtub and a small shower, the heating system does not have to work as hard to provide hot water for bathing. You can use a manual heater, so you have more control over your water heater consumption.

During the hotter months, your cooling systems like the air-conditioning system do not have to work as hard. Some tiny homes do not even have air-conditioning units. Instead, they come with ceiling fans that keep air flowing.

Efficient Cleaning Methods

Cleaning your tiny home requires less physical energy than cleaning a regular sized home but it also saves electricity since it eliminates the need to use electric-powered appliances. You don’t have to use a vacuum, for instance. A broom will likely do the trick.

Using Energy-Efficient Appliances

Living in a tiny home makes you understand that the use of energy-efficient appliances can make a significant difference in your energy consumption. For one, Energy Star-rated appliances consume 40% less electricity. In most cases, you can make use of smart home appliances so you can have more control over its use, such as setting up a routine on when they should be turned on or off.

Maximizing Use of Efficient Insulation

Since you have a tiny home, it would be easier to install highly efficient insulation methods such as open-cell spray foam. This option allows you to fill the entire space of your walls.

Better Window Placement

One trick that you can do to ensure that you are maximizing the energy efficiency of your home is to place the window(s) strategically. You want the window(s) to be placed in such a way that the sun shines through for added warmth in the winter but doesn’t heat your home unnecessarily in the summer. It would also be best if you can install double glazed windows to ensure that energy efficiency is maximized.

Living the Tiny Way

Ideally, planning for a tiny home is much more holistic than a regular house. The design needs to take into consideration each and every part. All elements must cohesively work together to ensure that energy savings and comfortable living are achieved seamlessly. Adopting a tiny home lifestyle equates to unlocking tons of energy-saving benefits. These benefits can also be applied even if you choose to go back to living in a regular home down the road.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.
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