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Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands

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by: Hans van der Broek
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It was designed entirely according to my wishes by Buro Walden and built by Tiny-House.nl (Netherlands). Since the end of May 2016 I live in my cottage in Alkmaar. So below, you can read my experiece with my tiny house!

Tiny House With Off-grid Solar

The Tiny House is bio-based and completely self-sufficient, it is not connected to utilities and sewer. The dimensions are 6.6 x 2.55 x 4 m, and 20 m2 of surface with the loft included. 

Now that I have been living in my Tiny House for more than a year, it might be interesting to see how that went with my energy consumption. And if I can work with my PV installation as calculated in advance. Just sit back and enjoy it!
Blue inverter
In my blog 'Tiny House technique: solar installation' you can read which choices we have made with regard to the energy supply in my house, based on which devices I wanted to provide electricity. When I talk about 'we', I mean the team of Walden, Dimka Wentzel, Frans Hulsman of De Pittenspecialist and Johannes Boonstra of Victron Energy. I am, as you may have read, not technical at all, so oh how happy I was with those people!

Tiny house, what does it mean?
Definition. The term Tiny House means a lot of things to a lot of different people, there are many interpretations possible. ... Tiny Houses are primary, full-fledged dwelling units on a small scale. Building and living in a Tiny House is done from a conscious choice, as an answer to a desire to live a simple life.

Tiny House Built In The Netherlands: Solar Power And Hydrophore

It is of course impossible to predict how it will work in practice, but you have to start somewhere. I had not foreseen that I would need a rather large hydrophore to get the rainwater out of my water tank back into my house for example. But all in all, it has by no means turned out wrong. I was fine with the current until October. But, from November on, I occasionally came without power. Not totally unexpected, incidentally: I was warned that in the Netherlands in the winter months we had little sun and it would not be easy to get around with 3 x 300 w solar panels and 2 x 750 wh lithium batteries. That turned out to be true, it was too short.
Graphic electricity consumption

Recommended: Solar Powered House Boats The Netherlands: +31Architects

Especially in December, the darkest month of the year. Although I use less than 1 kWh of electricity per day, the panels sometimes could not handle it enough. With this battery capacity I could only bridge a really dark day. At that time I chose to purchase an emergency generator, a nice quiet petrol machine that I had to run for a couple of hours once or twice a week to recharge the batteries. Later I would look at extra PV panels or batteries.

Tiny houses, what is the purpose?
Tiny houses are the focal point in a broader system to address issues, concerns, and problems of the current day. They offer a path to a smaller environmental footprint, greater financial freedom, and ultimately a self-sufficient life. The tiny home movement enables you to live a life on your own terms.

Recommended: Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbine: Energy Generator Without Blades

A windmill is not an option for me. I have deepened and informed and came to the conclusion that such a mill is not profitable or practical compared to the expansion of the solar system. They are quite pricey, do not deliver much, need a high pile and a lot of open space, make noise .. Of course it is fine if someone else wants to try it out, I'm curious what the experiences will be! But I let this option pass me by.



                                                 Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands
                                   Marjolein Jonker: the first woman to legally live in a Tiny House in Holland


Off Grid: Energy Use Of My Tiny House

It is a pity that I did not keep track of how much energy I used in my old house to make a nice comparison. My old house was a terraced house with three bedrooms. I searched online for the energy consumption of an average household, which is of course very dependent on the type of house. According to the Energiesite.nl website, for a household of 1 person this is about 5 kwh per day, for two people 8 kwh per day. I estimate that I was somewhere in between with my terraced house, let's say 6.5 kwh. With my consumption of less than 1 kwh per day in my Tiny House, I reduced my ecological footprint considerably!

Tiny House Movement
The most recent tiny house movement began in 1997 with Jay Shafer who built one on wheels for his own use. Two years later he introduced the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company to the world which provides building plans and detailed information all aspects of tiny houses

In my tiny house I have a wonderful Victron Energy installation, with which I can also monitor my consumption well. Via my smart phone I can upload data to an online portal and see exactly what happens. On the image below you can see clearly what my consumption was last year. As you can see December is the only month in the year in which the solar power really falls short. That is manageable! In May this year my batteries were exchanged by a few big boys, 2 x 2000 wh lithium from Victron Energy. With that I can bridge no less than 4 dark days! I think I will come a long way, maybe I do not need the generator anymore and that would be great of course. But we must first experience that again!

Recommended: Why Smart Phones Are Killing Our Planet

Am I now going to live very differently as far as power consumption is concerned? Yes, I do, but I do not experience it as inconvenient or annoying. The devices that I really need or are really important to me, I can still use them.
kitchen tiny house interior laptop
In my tiny house I have a fridge-freezer, my laptop is on all day, in the spring and autumn I can even use my infrared heat panel. I do not have a washing machine, that's the only thing  miss. But I would not want one in my house. I would like to share one with other Tiny House residents.

Do tiny houses have to be on wheels?
A Tiny House on wheels is usually legally designated an RV (recreatinonal vehicle). In some areas there are restrictions against living in an RV full-time. Tiny Houses on wheels are less likely to fully comply with existing building codes than are permanent Tiny Houses on foundations.

What should I do with a washing machine for me alone? Do not need it anyway? I have to keep an eye on what I use in the winter, and adjust my consumption accordingly. I do not think that's a problem. It is actually quite good to be aware of what you consume in energy.
tiny house
For example, I had never known that an electric kettle uses so much electricity. Or that everything that heats consumes a lot of energy. From March to October it is almost impossible, the sun shines more than enough. Maybe I ever buy an electric bike, which I think I can charge on my installation in the summer! That has to wait until I have found or created a place where I live with several Tiny Houses and their residents and we have a shared shed where the bike can stand safely and dry. Ah, there is always something to wish for and that is a good thing too!

Recommended: Electric-Bike Mamachari Is Japan’s Moms Favourite Smart Idea

Sleeping loft tiny house Alkmaar

Tiny houses. How do they get electricity?
Tiny houses are often hooked like a normal house. When living off-grid, the most common ways tiny houses get water are through filtrating rain water. Electricity comes from power generators and/or solar power.

Tolet and shower tiny house Alkmaar

 

Tiny House Alkmaar, Netherlands front side

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Recommended: Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience

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Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)

 

Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands

It was designed entirely according to my wishes by Buro Walden and built by Tiny-House.nl (Netherlands). Since the end of May 2016 I live in my cottage in Alkmaar. So below, you can read my experiece with my tiny house! Tiny House With Off-grid Solar The Tiny House is bio-based and completely self-sufficient, it is not connected to utilities and sewer. The dimensions are 6.6 x 2.55 x 4 m, and 20 m2 of surface with the loft included.  Now that I have been living in my Tiny House for more than a year, it might be interesting to see how that went with my energy consumption. And if I can work with my PV installation as calculated in advance. Just sit back and enjoy it! In my blog 'Tiny House technique: solar installation' you can read which choices we have made with regard to the energy supply in my house, based on which devices I wanted to provide electricity. When I talk about 'we', I mean the team of Walden, Dimka Wentzel, Frans Hulsman of De Pittenspecialist and Johannes Boonstra of Victron Energy. I am, as you may have read, not technical at all, so oh how happy I was with those people! Tiny house, what does it mean? Definition. The term Tiny House means a lot of things to a lot of different people, there are many interpretations possible. ... Tiny Houses are primary, full-fledged dwelling units on a small scale. Building and living in a Tiny House is done from a conscious choice, as an answer to a desire to live a simple life. Tiny House Built In The Netherlands: Solar Power And Hydrophore It is of course impossible to predict how it will work in practice, but you have to start somewhere. I had not foreseen that I would need a rather large hydrophore to get the rainwater out of my water tank back into my house for example. But all in all, it has by no means turned out wrong. I was fine with the current until October. But, from November on, I occasionally came without power. Not totally unexpected, incidentally: I was warned that in the Netherlands in the winter months we had little sun and it would not be easy to get around with 3 x 300 w solar panels and 2 x 750 wh lithium batteries. That turned out to be true, it was too short. Recommended:  Solar Powered House Boats The Netherlands: +31Architects Especially in December, the darkest month of the year. Although I use less than 1 kWh of electricity per day, the panels sometimes could not handle it enough. With this battery capacity I could only bridge a really dark day. At that time I chose to purchase an emergency generator, a nice quiet petrol machine that I had to run for a couple of hours once or twice a week to recharge the batteries. Later I would look at extra PV panels or batteries. Tiny houses, what is the purpose? Tiny houses are the focal point in a broader system to address issues, concerns, and problems of the current day. They offer a path to a smaller environmental footprint, greater financial freedom, and ultimately a self-sufficient life. The tiny home movement enables you to live a life on your own terms. Recommended:  Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbine: Energy Generator Without Blades A windmill is not an option for me. I have deepened and informed and came to the conclusion that such a mill is not profitable or practical compared to the expansion of the solar system. They are quite pricey, do not deliver much, need a high pile and a lot of open space, make noise .. Of course it is fine if someone else wants to try it out, I'm curious what the experiences will be! But I let this option pass me by. {youtube}                                                  Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands                                    Marjolein Jonker: the first woman to legally live in a Tiny House in Holland Off Grid: Energy Use Of My Tiny House It is a pity that I did not keep track of how much energy I used in my old house to make a nice comparison. My old house was a terraced house with three bedrooms. I searched online for the energy consumption of an average household, which is of course very dependent on the type of house. According to the Energiesite.nl website, for a household of 1 person this is about 5 kwh per day, for two people 8 kwh per day. I estimate that I was somewhere in between with my terraced house, let's say 6.5 kwh. With my consumption of less than 1 kwh per day in my Tiny House, I reduced my ecological footprint considerably! Tiny House Movement The most recent tiny house movement began in 1997 with Jay Shafer who built one on wheels for his own use. Two years later he introduced the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company to the world which provides building plans and detailed information all aspects of tiny houses In my tiny house I have a wonderful Victron Energy installation, with which I can also monitor my consumption well. Via my smart phone I can upload data to an online portal and see exactly what happens. On the image below you can see clearly what my consumption was last year. As you can see December is the only month in the year in which the solar power really falls short. That is manageable! In May this year my batteries were exchanged by a few big boys, 2 x 2000 wh lithium from Victron Energy. With that I can bridge no less than 4 dark days! I think I will come a long way, maybe I do not need the generator anymore and that would be great of course. But we must first experience that again! Recommended:  Why Smart Phones Are Killing Our Planet Am I now going to live very differently as far as power consumption is concerned? Yes, I do, but I do not experience it as inconvenient or annoying. The devices that I really need or are really important to me, I can still use them. In my tiny house I have a fridge-freezer, my laptop is on all day, in the spring and autumn I can even use my infrared heat panel. I do not have a washing machine, that's the only thing  miss. But I would not want one in my house. I would like to share one with other Tiny House residents. Do tiny houses have to be on wheels? A Tiny House on wheels is usually legally designated an RV (recreatinonal vehicle). In some areas there are restrictions against living in an RV full-time. Tiny Houses on wheels are less likely to fully comply with existing building codes than are permanent Tiny Houses on foundations. What should I do with a washing machine for me alone? Do not need it anyway? I have to keep an eye on what I use in the winter, and adjust my consumption accordingly. I do not think that's a problem. It is actually quite good to be aware of what you consume in energy. For example, I had never known that an electric kettle uses so much electricity. Or that everything that heats consumes a lot of energy. From March to October it is almost impossible, the sun shines more than enough. Maybe I ever buy an electric bike, which I think I can charge on my installation in the summer! That has to wait until I have found or created a place where I live with several Tiny Houses and their residents and we have a shared shed where the bike can stand safely and dry. Ah, there is always something to wish for and that is a good thing too! Recommended:  Electric-Bike Mamachari Is Japan’s Moms Favourite Smart Idea Tiny houses. How do they get electricity? Tiny houses are often hooked like a normal house. When living off-grid, the most common ways tiny houses get water are through filtrating rain water. Electricity comes from power generators and/or solar power.   Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your society?  What you gain?  Extra: Global exposure, a valuable backlink! Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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