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A Slight Departure From Our Regular Content…

I try to keep most of the content a least loosely related to Tiny Houses and Tiny Living, but I found this to be very note worthy and thought I would share. cignalogo001So today I came across these two videos about a Former CINGA Insurance Executive coming out and talking about some of the industry secrets and his comments on the movie Sicko by Michael Moore.

If you haven’t seen the movie, Michael Moore has posted the video to watch for free here

Please share your comments and thoughts on the matter in the comments section!

Practical Tips For Downsizing….Everything Part 3

Just Say No!:

This is your brain, this is your brain when you have so much stuff to do that you literally can’t do it all.  That where saying NO comes into play.  Saying no is harder than you might thing, try it.  Someone asks you to join in on some committee for a volunteer organization, your church needs a Sunday school teacher or you are asked any number of things which add strain to your life.Busy_Woman

It’s not that you don’t want to do these things, it’s not that you are lazy, it is the simple fact that there are 24 hours in a day and at a point you are booked solid and you didn’t leave any time for you.

You need to factor in time for you, again it’s not selfish, its not greedy or lazy.  It is taking time for you to take a break and unwind a bit.  You aren’t any good to anyone if you can’t focus, you are always tired or you are running late to everything.

But how to determine what to say yes to and what to say no to?

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Electricity for Tiny Houses

Jeff and Arlene have been sharing some great info about how they are approaching their tiny house in terms of wiring.

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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 ScreenHunter_02 Jun. 27 12.30and 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

Tiny House Village For Student Housing

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/

USB Microwave

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!

Heinz Snap Pots launches the world’s smallest microwave – the Beanzawave

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

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