Why Tiny Homes Are Inherently Green (With Lilypad Tiny Home Tour)


| 8/27/2015 10:55:00 AM


Tags: tiny homes, travel, composting toilet, aquaponics, natural building, upcycling, mobile living, Jenna Spesard,

 

Homes are getting larger in the USA, but some alternative thinkers are actually downsizing their dream homes and opting for itty bitty dwellings. These “tiny homes” are becoming more attractive due to their small footprints, affordable prices, off-grid capabilities and green appliances.

Why are Tiny Homes Inherently Green?

Tiny homes use fewer materials to construct and cost less to build than the average-sized home. Savings on overall price can be used for higher quality materials, green building alternatives and sustainable resources. A few examples commonly used in tiny homes are: bamboo flooring, solar panels, LED lightbulbs, manufactured composting toilets, high efficiency insulation, etc.

A small interior space requires less energy to heat and cool. Limited storage promotes a minimalistic lifestyle and conscious purchasing. Small refrigerators supports a healthier diet with fresher ingredients.

In the spotlight today, we’d like to feature Anita’s Tiny Home. At only 248 square feet, Anita wanted her house to be as green as possible. She worked with designer Lina Menard and builder Small Home Oregon to incorporate green appliances and systems in her Lilypad Tiny Home.

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9/22/2015 9:07:00 AM

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scottv
9/13/2015 8:24:25 AM

I am green as the next guy. But a smoldering toilet of waste sounds really disgusting.


suckone
8/29/2015 10:42:13 AM

That electric heater is no more efficient than any other. Resistive electric heating is always 99% efficient. To do better, you need a heat pump... A heat pump can triple the performance of a simple resistive electric heater (yes, technically 300%+ efficient--a C.O.P. of 3.0).


suckone
8/29/2015 10:31:33 AM

Actually, tiny homes can be less green, too. Humans generate the same amount of heat no matter how big the building. Smaller building has less thermal mass to absorb the heat, so that means a higher cooling bill in hot climates.





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