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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.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks!

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

Habitations Microevolution - Tiny House Exterior - Solar Air Heater

Image © Jean-Sébastien Poirier from Daedalos Media

Habitations Microevolution - Tiny House Interior 1

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Habitations Microevolution - Tiny House Interior 2

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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

      • Silver Gypsy March 12, 2017, 6:36 pm

        And why, exactly, is that? How come after all these years, we still can’t seem to get to the bottom of why we are being locked out of living like other people are allowed to do? Who is responsible for these policies and what are their reasons?

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 13, 2017, 9:31 am

          In some cases, the laws actually exist as a way to protect consumers. I read the other day that in Rhode Island, apartments have to be a certain size. Why? To keep bad landlords from crowding people in to make a profit. Now those zoning rules are ingrained in the code, even though things are changing! I think we as citizens need to let the governing bodies know that we desire smaller — not larger — spaces, and laws that allow that 🙂

    • 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.

  • Diana March 12, 2017, 3:22 pm

    The place is awesome! The man is even more awesome! How can you reach him?

  • Amanda March 12, 2017, 11:04 pm

    I admit to being impressed. I knew it was possible. I’ve been in our small shop trying to design a small ac unit that can run off battery banks. The fans seem to work. I’m glad someone else is exploring this. I’m happy it’s working out for him. I can’t tell if some of the shelfing was in the wall. It looks like it didn’t protrude very much. I love that.

  • Silver Gypsy March 13, 2017, 3:31 pm

    Natalie: The Rhode Island law doesn’t make any sense. I should think that the real estate people don’t want a lot of smaller, single spaces because they are harder to rent than a larger, shared-space rental. And why should they settle for smaller rents when they can target the bigger rent market? It has to do with profit-taking. The city and town planners aren’t doing their jobs in providing for both types of dwellers. I also think they are intentionally blocking the THM. I also foresee the THM dying in its tracks unless we can get some progress in this area. Even I am putting off my build until I can first locate a place to put it and so far that hasn’t happened because of such restrictive code and zoning laws; Washington State is a good example of this .

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 14, 2017, 10:24 am

      I’m not defending the laws, just explaining them. Some of the regulations we have today were actually to protect people in the past. Unions are an example of that, child labor laws, the 40-hour workweek, the FDA. All of those came out of the industrial revolution, etc. And I always recommend finding a place to put your THOW before building!

  • ROSEE March 15, 2017, 6:47 pm

    WOW! This TH sure looks warm and cozy in this wintry weather. Love the sitting room, looks like it can be made into a bed at night. Well done!

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