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Installing Solar Panels, Save Money and Help the Environment
Have you seemed those tiny homes on the television? They usually run 88 feet wide and are 12 feet high. They can fit in the size of a parking space in order for the builder does not have to follow building codes and builds a house on a tractor trailer. I helped build one last year and had a great time doing it.
The bathroom in a tiny home is like the ones on trains or boats, shower head over the toilet. In mine, I made it a completely different room. For cooking and heating, I use a propane heater. It costs me about $10 a month, and it is my only monthly expense.
I use rainwater for cooking and bathing. I have a very hygienic system to make sure the water is potable, even my shower water. I boil it, and then filter it three times. My water might even be cleaner than the public's tap water. Plus, I have a Brita filter when I feel lazy.
As for the solar panels, I needed help with them since I am not an electrician by any means. I had a friend help me, but I was very actively engaged in the work as well. Theses are some of the things that happened when installing the solar panels, as well as some simple tips.
1. We bought a solar power generator. I was thinking about buying use, but with this stuff, newer is better.
2. When it came to the actual design and the actual instillation. No one listened to me. We had three guys, and each one had their opinion. I did talk everyone in installing in the East side of the house since that is when I would need more of the electricity. So they did. Ya!
3. They hauled that heavy sucker on the top of my mini vacation house.
4. My house is capable of generating enough electricity to power my AC if I choose. Also, I have been thinking about moving to Denver soon, and the way the solar panels were designed and installed, I have the option to be powered into the city's grid. Oh, to be Amish or not to be Amish.
It is fun living off the grid. This is not going to be my personal lifestyle; it was just something I always wanted to do, and did it for under $10,000.
My biggest tips are:
1. Do all your research on solar panels and how to instal them.
2. When in doubt, hire a professional.
3. Save the receipts, because it can be a tax write off.
4. Check out you local laws concerning solar panels and mini homes.
5. Always have smart friends who are willing to help.
7. Have fun!