Inexpensive And Portable Solar Lighting For Your Tiny House

I see Instagram photos, blog posts, and status updates on a daily basis that show incredible solar systems in place on tiny houses, travel trailers, small homes. Heck, even the beautiful sailing vessels shown on this site as of late have solar power. I awe at the engineering, the understanding, the translation, and the implementation. Two years ago it was all I could do to purchase a small kit from Harbor Freight, hook it to my ATV battery, and get it to turn on a lamp. I was dumbfounded. Unfortunately, times have not changed and my family still is not on solar in a way that would pull us off grid for any amount of time. We make do though with the help of some very clever products that work without being part of a larger system. One of those is our current lighting discovery: MPOWERD Luci solar lamps.

MPOWERD 1Perhaps what I think is most admirable about Luci is that its mother company MPOWERD “aspires to empower people everywhere with innovative and affordable personal clean energy products. Inspired by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that left millions without power, MPOWERD was founded by a group of like-minded individuals in 2012 who wanted to ‘do good by doing well’.” Not only do they sell a very affordable, efficient, and clever product, but they do so with a conscious and a desire to provide clean energy products and solutions for people living and playing on and off the grid.

I invite you to spend the next 4 minutes watching this short video on the ease and effectiveness of Luci solar lamps. Just hover over the video image and click on the red, centrally located, standard YouTube play button to view.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

 

Hanging Out On Google

As we continue to unlock the “secrets” of being a digital nomad or really just dissecting some of the elements of being one, we can’t go much deeper without first talking about basic video conferencing and screen sharing. It is so important to have the ability to share a screen with a teammate or client or even be able to “see” each other eye-to-eye. We introduced this option and the very notion of Google Hangout at any rate in a recent digital nomad video.

HangoutBundled into the FREE Google toolset Hangout allows you several opportunities to connect with your clients or colleagues and also allows you to do so on any computer, tablet, or handheld device via their robust Tools.

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Simple Stairs For The Tiny House

When we were building our tiny house I remember several sets of makeshift stairs. In fact, they were so makeshift I would hardly call them stairs (or steps). In fact, the first version was just some old cinderblocks stacked on top of each other. The first fall I took not only hurt my pride but also my shins as I stumbled and caught myself only by my shin skin. The second version involved an old set of mobile home steps that had no real cross-bracing and seemed like a state fair fun house if you didn’t walk up them at a very slow speed and in a straight line. Our travel trailer has proved no different.

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The metal steps on this rig are literally suspended by four bolts. They are not at all designed for the wear and tear of a full time nomadic family. In fact, if I go outside before my wife and daughter wake up my subtle shaking will surely alert them of my absence. It is awful. That is why I decided to cobble together a set of steps that were affordable, easy to break down, and reliable.

I invite you to spend the next 3 minutes watching this short video on how to make a simple set of tiny house steps. Just click on the standard YouTube play button to view.

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How To Turn Your iPad Into A Laptop

Couple Chooses To Live In 264 sq.ft. Even After Winning Lotto.

Hollowed Tree Now Home For Single College Student.

How One Man Turns An Oil Tanker Into A Mobile Tiny Home.

Those are the titles you expect to see on Tiny House Blog. They are the sort of topics that evoke wonder and belief in the modern tiny house movement. They are but one aspect of the tiny house lifestyle though. They don’t necessarily cover the decisions, choices, sacrifices, and transitions that must first take place within oneself. They don’t always talk about the multiple trips to Goodwill, the ridding of the prized Tupperware collection, or the realization that few tiny homes have room for dual monitor, a large CPU, a 3-in-1 printer/scanner, and other dongle devices. Thus the reason it is important to talk about what can help us make these choices in order to have a happy, healthy, and efficient life in our tiny houses.

 

Computers

One of the most reasonable considerations for most potential tiny housers is whether or not to continue using a laptop (or even a desktop) or transition to a tablet device. For me the decision was rather easy when I realized that many Apps were near identical to their true software counterparts (on the MacBook) and that after-market tools were available to make the mirroring more accurate.

Case-in-point:  Microsoft Word as part of MS Office Suite on a laptop is a robust word processing program that has become the staple for offices and casual computer users the world over. While MS Office has been divided into separate Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) as part of a Microsoft 365 package the Word is 86% as robust as its laptop counterpart. You can choose formatting tools, font tools, insertion options, printing feature, etc. as you would be able to on a laptop. It is remarkable and when paired with the use of a Bluetooth keyboard, a much more space-conscious choice for the casual computer user. Still don’t believe me?

I invite you to spend the next 3 minutes watching this short video on how to make your iPad perform just like a laptop while saving you important space in your tiny house. Just click on the standard YouTube play button to view.

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How to choose a Tiny House Heater

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Ethan Waldman blogger and tiny house builder over at The Tiny House and author of the ebook Tiny House Decisions says he often gets the question on what is the best way to heat a tiny house? Ethan decided to do some major research as he needed to know the answer himself for his own tiny house. Ethan put together a post over on his blog that really goes into all the details and also made a YouTube video to explain it even more.

Here is an outline of what he came up with:

Step 1: Work Out How Powerful your Heater Needs to Be
Step 2: Avoid Vent-Free Heaters
Step 3: Check out the Clearance
Step 4: Check that the Heater Is Thermostatically Controlled
Step 5: Read the Manual
Step 6: Find Pictures of an Installed Unit

In summary you need to do the following:

  • Calculate how many Btus you’ll need your heater to provide.
  • Stay away from vent-free propane heaters.
  • Check that the clearances will work for your tiny house.
  • Find out whether or not the heater can be run on a thermostat.
  • Find out what kind of venting the heater requires.
  • Check out what the heater looks like when it’s been installed.
  • Work out whether the heater will have to go through the wall or ceiling of your tiny house.

Go here to read the complete post.

Here is the video:

Be sure and check out Ethan’s ebook Tiny House Decisions if you are considering building a tiny house. It will help you make the right decisions as you plan your own home.