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ehoez 06-03-2010 11:33 PM

Man builds Solar Powered Cabin, under $2000 cash.
Man builds Solar Powered Cabin, under $2000 cash.

YouTube videos: 1 of 7 part of him showing his entire home..

Would anyone here, really consider this? his only bills are $300 yr in propain, and aprox $100 in property taxes.. + food.

Scuba_Dave 06-04-2010 08:50 AM

There are plenty of people that live off-grid
I could not live in that small a space with my family
My last house was 912 sq ft & I lived in about 700sq ft
The other 2 bedrooms were more storage/closet then anything else

I've lived in plenty of Apts that were less then 400 sq ft
Problem is finding land near any populated area to build such a cabin

DIYtestdummy 06-27-2010 06:27 PM

That's just a little bigger than my toolshed! I'd need more room for batteries. If I were single, that might work, but the Mrs. likes "amenities." Don't even get her started on what's wrong with camping!

Red Squirrel 06-30-2010 06:53 PM

That's pretty cool. I've always thought of how cool it would be to go off grid. Funny thing is though, you still need to pay for delivery. I actually pay more for delivery then actual electricity I use.

Gotta love the washer and dryer outside, true sign of redneck LOL.

Looks like he's in the south, which explains the very little propane he uses. Here it would still cost a good $1000 per year I'm sure.

Willie T 06-30-2010 09:16 PM

Does begin to make ya wish you were single again.... And if I did something like that, I'm sure I would be... very soon.

Red Squirrel 06-30-2010 09:48 PM

I am single so I have that advantage. If I had the money I'd probably build a wind turbine in the back yard, and put solar panels on the roof. I doubt if I was married I'd be allowed to do any of that LOL.

Arachnea 07-25-2010 11:26 PM

My husband actually works for a company that sells solar panel kits. It's pretty interesting stuff - here in Ontario we have something called The Microfit Program where the government will pay you to install solar panels on your roof.

We're having them installed in the next week or so - should make for an interesting experience :)

Red Squirrel 10-03-2010 10:30 PM

How does this program work? I'm on Ontario as well.

operagost 10-04-2010 08:31 AM

I think the $100 property tax is the real story here. It's a tiny house, but if you added a storage shed of about the same size in most places I'm sure your tax would go up more than $100.

BGGRNTXS 10-04-2010 09:21 AM

I'd love to have a solar setup
HW is in the plans some day
It would be nice of a DIY kit was sold
Instead of just retail units
Judging from what I have seen I think DIY isn't that hard

ehoez 02-26-2011 10:55 PM


Originally Posted by BGGRNTXS (Post 511144)
I'd love to have a solar setup
HW is in the plans some day
It would be nice of a DIY kit was sold
Instead of just retail units
Judging from what I have seen I think DIY isn't that hard

i agree, i really want to try this..

maybe in the backyard at first, lol.

Red Squirrel 02-26-2011 11:26 PM

I wish solar panels were not so expensive. It's impossible to make up the cost in a human life time, for an average size house, that's why no one actually does it. It's a vicious cycle though. If most DID do it, imagine how expensive electricity would be for those who don't. I'd still like to try to make my own electricity one day though, but wind might be more efficient as it works at night too.

HomeInsulation 05-27-2011 09:25 AM

I'm all for saving energy and money, but I'm not moving into my storage shed any time soon.

ehoez 02-28-2013 09:13 PM

anyone try this lately?

joecaption 02-28-2013 10:19 PM

I lived in a 37' sport fisherman I bought for $10.00 from a P/O ed owner that could not get it to start.

And a 27 ft. camping trailer for years. Surprizing how little room you really need to be comfortable.

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