It’s Official! The Tiny House is OFF THE GRID!

There has been quite a bit going on with the tiny house lately. I added the bump-out and got the propane and water hooked up. And as of 10:00 this morning I’m powered by nothing but the sun! That’s right… the off-grid dream is a reality! As I’ve mentioned before in a previous blog post, the wind generator was just not cutting it. I feel a bit misled  by the company that talked me into buying the wind generator. They failed to tell me that I’d need some serious wind (like about 20mph or stronger to get the 400 watts it was reported to put out), and we just don’t have that around here… it’s more on the side of 2mph and sometimes we see 10mph; rarely 20mph. So needless to say, it was good at keeping a few lights going, but forget about a refrigerator. Now my problems generating enough power have been solved with the addition of three 100 watt solar panels. Keeping the lights, refrigerator, fan and computer charged is now possible. Free power from the Sun, how cool is that?

I’ve been looking at a few blogs lately and have seen some pretty cool things people have done with their tiny homes. It would be cool to add a system to heat my water with the Suns rays instead of propane. I’d also like to put a small hydroponic garden in one of my windows where I can grow some lettuce. I’ve even seen someone who had a chicken coop built on the front of their tiny house- although I champion the idea, chickens are stinky and having them that close to my windows wouldn’t be smart.

I’m down to just a few last details now. First, putting on a deck and second, finishing the tile around/under the fireplace. I plan on installing the deck in the coming week or so, the tiling can wait a bit… a man has to have time to fish ya know!

Speaking of fishing, I’ve been learning to fly fish with the help of my Uncle Robert. We both found it odd that a passing boat saw us fly fishing (from my boat) and commented “I thought they only fly fished in rivers in Colorado.” HAHA 🙂 You can absolutely fly fish from a BOAT in MINNESOTA. Panfish, bass, walleye, pike and every other fish in the lake has no problem swallowing a fly lure. And thinking the way to fly fish is how they did it in the movie “A River Runs Through It,” would be disadvantageous.

I did have a bit of drama last week. If you follow my Twitter account you probably caught it. We had some seriously strong winds (yep, those 20mph kind that would power my refrigerator) and my boat swamped. We had another boat on our dock and I wasn’t able to tie it with the bow facing forward and water splashed up over the stern. After a few plowing waves it was doomed. Thankfully it was tied well to the dock, otherwise it would be big loss. It took a few hours of bailing and pumping to get her all dried out. To make matters worse it was also filled with seaweed, snails, muck and the various other vegetation found in lakes. YUCK!

Well… I got a steak to grill 🙂 Till next time.

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The bump-out

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bump-out. On demand hot water heater.

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Bump-out. Propane storage.

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300 watt solar panel array.

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Power hub and solar power charge controller.

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A little cruise on the lake!

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#plutotime on the lake

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#plutotime on the lake!

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5 thoughts on “It’s Official! The Tiny House is OFF THE GRID!

    • Thanks Irma! I hope things are going just as well for you. Did you make it up for the 4th? Wish we could all get together sometime!! You are welcome to come visit and do a little fishing 🙂

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  1. good on the solar,as we have 16 panels at 175 watts and a solar charghe controller80 amp,then a wind mill 425 watts but on a hill 60 %time it charging.with a 7000 wat gen back up.and still 3-5 days we have to just charge up and top batt.so im def.larger than you .i run 7 lights,washer dryer[prop],gas stove,2 t.v,sound system,cameras,1 freezer,well pump [120v],and we have sun 70 %of time.as for ht water get a 2×4 frame and small pump and used water tank and run thru a solar wtr system..i do think you should look for 355 wat solar panels and at missouri solar there cheap now3 of those and youll cookin well but youll have to enlarge batterys then also ..too many solar panels will over charge the batts theres a balance you have to do and a good solar charger will work well theres a math formula you have to do 1st total watts then fig the amps youll use then amt of watts [panels to charge]then tha batterys that it will take to keep storage for 2-5 days
    so you have some work to do

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