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Tiny House Heated with a Solar Air Heater – VIDEO

Gabriel Parent-Leblanc from Habitations MicroÉvolution built his gorgeous tiny house on wheels to show it was possible to live in a tiny house, year round, in a northern climate. He’s now spending his third winter in his tiny house near Montreal, Quebec and not only is he surviving and staying warm, he’s also saving a ton of money by heating the house with a solar air heater (EcoSolaris is working on a new model of the panel, coming soon!).

During the day, his heat comes almost exclusively from the panel he installed on the side of his house that cycles indoor air through the solar heated panel and back into the house. On cloudy days and at night he uses an electric heater. By tracking the energy consumption of his electric heater with an energy meter, he was able to calculate that his heating bill for one whole winter was only $100!

He’s also got 750 Watts of solar power on his roof that power a full-sized fridge, as well as his computer, lights, water pump and other small electronics.

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Living in a Tiny House Heated with Solar Power – Tour & Interview

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VIDEO: Living in a Tiny House Heated with Solar Power – Tour & Interview


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Danielle Chabassol
Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.

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  • Claude December 15, 2016, 10:32 am

    A tiny house in our climate, has to be very well insulated to accept confortable heat from a solar system like today at minus 35 with a wind factor.

  • Carole D. December 15, 2016, 1:05 pm

    I am in my 60’s, live in the Ottawa region and would love to live in a tiny house on a foundation. However, what stops me is 1: where to build it and 2. connection to electricity and water.
    I wouldn’t mind the composting toilet, but for water supply, it would be a problem. I would have to connect to city services to get electricity and water, and I don’t think the city of Gatineau is up to these new ways of living.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie December 16, 2016, 8:29 am

      It is very hard to find towns agreeable to our tiny life! — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Claude December 16, 2016, 4:30 pm

      Hi Carole, you are correct, Gatineau does not have any ruling yet on the tiny house situation, kind a new thing in our area.

    • jm December 17, 2016, 5:29 pm

      Maybe they will allow you to build a minimum sf required, but only finish a small portion of the interior. And if you ever needed the extra room…

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN December 16, 2016, 9:05 pm

    I liked his indoor garden…!

  • Nancy January 1, 2017, 6:13 pm

    With that house as a wind break, I’m sure it’ll stay toasty warm.

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