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Green Alternatives to Traditional Insulation

When it comes to the construction of a tiny house there are many options to consider.  While some options might not have been an option in a larger home because of magnitude, in a smaller house you might consider more expensive options which offer huge advantages because you are only using it on a much smaller scale.  newspaper-installation

Reprinted: Planet Green By Josh Peterson Los Angeles, CA, USA  Wed Jun 10

Insulation is so important to energy-efficiency and reducing global warming that the government will help you insulate your house. Over half of your home’s energy consumption goes towards heating or cooling your domicile. That’s why proper insulation is paramount to green living. Switching off lights and unplugging appliances are all well and good, but if you want to make the biggest difference in your home, insulate it. Check out these green forms of insulation.

1. Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation can be added to existing homes. Insulating an old house is greener than building a new one. Spray foam will last indefinitely, so your home will be warm for generations to come. Spray foam doesn’t harm indoor air quality, it doesn’t promote bacterial growth and it keeps moisture and rot out.

2. Cellulose Insulation

Cellulose Insulation, sometimes called newspaper Insulation is insulation made from three-fourths recycled content: Newspapers, corncobs, straw, etc. The last fourth is flame-resistant chemicals.

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Awesome Stair Design

I love these cabinets that double as stairs.  Stairs are some of the largest square footage hogs and while you need them, they are actually used so little.  This is why so many of Tiny Houses use ladders as they are more proportional in terms of size to use.  For a larger Tiny House, this would be a great idea!

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Eco Pods

I have always been intrigued by creative solutions to housing, in our life the average person spend a third of all the money they make on housing, my question is, how can we change that third to a much smaller fraction?  I found this a little bit ago and what I really like about it is thatecopod

  • It is able to be transported via standard tractor trailer (18 wheeler) methods
  • It uses recycled materials almost exclusively
  • They are relatively inexpensive
  • It can be locked up and short of someone spending an hour with a plasma cutting torch, they aren’t going to get in

All of these things are really important to me because I don’t want to spend my entire life in debt, I want to be able to move my home if I find a great job elsewhere with minimal cost, and when I go on month long vacations I can without worry about my home.

Eco pods are 120 square feet of living area not counting the built in deck.  The floor is recycled car tires and actually looks really nice, plus gives some so you aren’t always standing on a hard surface, plus it cleans well.  Check out the video below and their website here

Turnbull Interview

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Here is a great interview with Elizabeth Turnbull, the Yale student who decided that dorms and rent weren’t for her financially and environmentally.  She built this house with the help of lots of folks in a workspace that she was rented to for free. That in combination with builder donations she was able to build this tiny house using renewable resources, non toxic materials and other eco friendly products.  Check out here story here

Solar Rundown

So I have yet to really dabble in solar energy, but it is something that I do want to implement in my tiny home.  So today I am simply posting great resources for solar power.  One of the greatest untapped energy resources that exists is the sun, of course the hurtle that exists is how to take this energy and capture it efficiently and cost effectively.  I have a good feeling that the next 5 years will bring huge innovations in solar energy with Obama’s plan for cleaner energy.

First off here is some basic info about solar panels

Here is a cheap panel that can charge 90% of all your gadgets, phones etc.

The day in the life of a solar panel installer here

Mainstream of solar through Home Depot

Weekend projects you can do here

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