More people are choosing to live in solar-powered mini houses in this age of eco-awareness – why? It all comes down to finances, efficiency, and freedom.
What Is A Solar-Powered Mini House?
A tiny house is any house of 500 square feet or less. A solar-powered mini house is a small home that relies on solar power rather than electricity. Due to their size, mini-houses tend to be 100% solar powered or 100% electrically powered, whereas many larger homes split their power between solar and electric.
Why Buy a Solar-Powered Mini House?
You Use Much Less Energy
According to one source, solar-powered mini houses use just 7% of the energy of a traditional home! So, with an average electricity bill of $180 in a traditional home, you can expect to pay $12.60 with solar power in a mini house – that is an incredible saving on your monthly electricity bill.
You Almost Half Your Ecological Footprint
The average individual ecological footprint across the globe is 2.77 global hectares per person, according to the World Population Review. Life in a solar-powered mini-house decreases that footprint by 45%. So, if being eco-conscious is important to you, this might be a lifestyle to consider.
You Contribute Drastically Less To Greenhouse Gasses
The average home produces 28,000 pounds per year, and living in a solar-powered mini-house generates an average of 2,000 pounds per year. At that rate, if everyone adopted this lifestyle, we would make much more progress in reversing global warming!
It Requires Very Few Solar Panels To Power A Mini House
Equipping a traditional home with solar panels can be costly (depending on the home size,) but furnishing a tiny house with solar power is surprisingly affordable. With a lower overhead cost, you can pay off your solar panel installation in less time, and you can begin seeing a return on your investment much sooner than if you owned a traditional home.
Mini Homes Are Much More Affordable
The average cost to buy a house in today’s market makes homeownership impossible for the average family. Mini homes however, are a much more affordable homeownership prospect – so long as a family is prepared to live in such close quarters.
When you combine this inexpensive housing with the low cost of solar energy, mini-home living is even more affordable.
Mini Homes Are Portable
One of the unique benefits to mini home living is that mini homes are portable where traditional homes generally are not – at least not without a lot of expense and difficulty! Many people choose mini-home living because it allows them to move their home and solar power only makes this more feasible.
Solar-Powered Mini Homes Allow Off The Grid Living
Having a solar-powered mini home makes life off the grid much simpler. So if living away from civilization or homesteading sounds appealing, a solar-powered mini-home may be the way to go!
Solar-powered mini houses are not for everyone but offer many benefits to those well suited to small-space living.