This Couple Built Their Own Off-Grid Solar Powered Tiny Home

Date Published: 02/03/2022 9:44 AM

This Couple Built Their Own Off-Grid Solar Powered Tiny Home

If you want to follow a lifestyle that’s self sufficient, environmentally friendly and off the grid, you can’t do much better than a tiny home. Modern technology has made the process easier than ever before with clever innovations like the folding staircase or the somewhat disturbing Hide-A-Loo hidden toilet (I think I’ll skip that one). 

Indeed, if you want to live in a tiny home and have a bit of rainy day money, you can make it happen. One couple in New Zealand took the leap and constructed a tiny home that could serve as the ideal model for folks interested in this appealing lifestyle.


Source: Living Big In a Tiny House

Paul and Annett constructed a DIY tiny home that runs entirely off of renewable energy sources, making their lives completely off the grid and environmentally sustainable. 


Source: Living Big In a Tiny House

Committed to the importance of going carbon free and sick of waiting around for the government to take the appropriate steps, the young couple decided to dive into the unknown and try it themselves.


Source: Living Big In a Tiny House

They now use solar panels to provide electricity throughout the home (powering appliances like an electric oven and a washing machine) and they collect rainwater to use for washing and drinking. They also use a solar-powered water heater and a biogas generator (biogas comes from organic waste, like compost!)


Source: Living Big In a Tiny House

According to Paul, the couple now has “more energy than (they) could ever use”. In another part of the interview, Annett says that they can run the air conditioner for 5 or 6 hours straight and they can rest easy knowing that it has literally zero impact on the environment. 


Source: Living Big In a Tiny House

When asked if there are any challenges to living in a tiny home, both Paul and Annett struggled to think of a single thing. After a moment, Paul shrugs and says “there are no utility bills, which is nice”. You can say that again!


Source: Living Big In a Tiny House

After adding up all of their annual expenses, the couple claims that they probably save about $20,000 a year living in their tiny home compared to renting an apartment. 


Source: Living Big In a Tiny House

If you take a peek inside their adorable tiny home, you’ll see all sorts of familiar creature comforts like a flat screen TV, houseplants, a laptop and even a cat!


Source: Living Big In a Tiny House

All of that is just a way to say that living sustainably and off the grid doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re sacrificing your current comfy lifestyle! 


Source: Living Big In a Tiny House

Check out the DIY off-grid solar powered tiny house in action via the video below!

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