Jeff and Arlene have been sharing some great info about how they are approaching their tiny house in terms of wiring.
Before we get into it, a quick lesson:
Volt is the measurement for “force” behind a electrical current
Amp is the amount of energy in a electrical current
Watt is the amount of energy something uses (Volts x Amps)
They first determined what they use:
Its always good to design your electrical system to handle more than you think you will need for two reasons. First is that if you do need a lil extra umph, you have it. The second is a safety concern. A system that is strained is a potential danger for fire, overload and other really really bad things.
I would always recommend installing a small circuit breaker between your power source and your home, this is a bit overkill, but it protects your investment and the things and people you care about. Of course make sure you use electrical plugs with a breaker built into them in near the sink and in the bathroom.
Another interesting idea that I have found address the issue of the limitation of wall sockets / electrical plugs. Namely there is only two sockets. A Japanese (which I couldn’t figure out their company name) had came up with a design to address this, its called Node. I could ramble on about it but a picture is worth a thousand words and its brilliant!
Check out Jeff and Arlene’s post here
For those of you who went to college or have ever spent any time on a college campus, you know one thing about college living, ITS SMALL! Our friends over at Inhabitat lead me to this story of tiny homes hitting the main stream as a college dorm solution. The houses where installed in Munich Germany were several college students and even a professor will be living permanently. The homes are roughly 80 square feet and have a strong modern influence.
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Originally inspired by traditional Japanese tea houses and the efficiency of the Smart Car, was developed by students in a joint venture between Germany and Japan. It come fully loaded and is designed to be able to be transported with a large flatbed truck. Running 50,000 Euros or $70000 US Dollars. Keep in mind this Unit is decked out with a LCD TV, heating and air, Mattress etc.
To see more of it check out their website. http://microcompacthome.com/
While I have my issues when it comes to microwaves, I realize it is a useful tool and that many people, to my dismay, rely on it for cooking most of their meals. Though there are some things that I just rather cook in a microwave, but they don’t really have a place in tiny houses due to their size and power consumption. That said, I never realized how much of an energy hog they were. With models typically residing in the 750-1150 watt rang, they draw more energy than any refrigerator on the market does!
The Beanzawave, which measures just 7.4 inches tall by 6.2 inches wide and 5.9 inches deep, doesn’t even need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. The device contains a USB plug to provide its power.
This is great! Not only is it about the size of a large thermos it also requires next to no power and can be stowed away easily