Guest Post by Ben Cooper
The sun is a powerful resource and through solar panels you can start to produce clean, free power for your tiny house. In this article we will look at the feasibility of installing a solar system to produce enough energy to power the electricity and heating in your tiny home.
First thing’s first – you need to work out what you want to power and how much this will use. This will vary depending on what appliances you want to be able to run from it. If your cooking runs off gas then you might need less electricity, alternatively you might only want to use solar for hot water which there are systems specifically designed for.
If you are planning on running electrical appliances off solar power, consider purchasing energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs. Also consider insulating your home to a high standard and look for opportunities to let more light into your home to reduce the dependency on electric lighting. This will help the power you can generate from solar go further a reduce the size of installation you need.
By looking at your electricity and energy consumption, you can now decide if you can run a stand-alone solar system completely off the grid. This leads us on to looking at how much space you have available for solar panels and other required equipment; batteries, panels and inverters.
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