Bryce Langston visits Paul and Annett in Australia in a remote spot near Byron Bay. Their tiny house is totally off-grid but is like a case study or showcase of a variety of off-grid technologies including:
- The essential 1.86 kW photovoltaic electric power system with a 20 kWh battery system
- A biogas system that makes methane for cooking. It converts 1 to 6 liters of table scraps and clippings into methane.
- An evacuated tube solar hot water heater is their only source of hot water
- Rain water collection and 10,000 liters of storage
- Humanure composting toilet
Before the tiny house they lived in Sydney in an apartment, but they wanted to had a strong desire to live off-grid in a rural area. Inspired by Bryce’s videos online, they decided to build their own 8 meter (~26′) long tiny house.
In Australia the total maximum weight of the house is limited to 4.5 tonnes (~9,900 pounds), so they used all lightweight materials like steel for the home’s framing. It gives the house a slightly industrial look. The exterior is cypress and cedar. Pine is used for the windows and doors. The interior is lightweight plywood.
Through frugal choices and by doing a lot of the work themselves they kept the cost down. The total cost with all the high-tech off-grid features was just 65,000 Australian (~$50,000 USD).
To read more visit Living Big In A Tiny House. For more videos like this follow Living Big In A Tiny House on YouTube. Images are screenshots from the video by Living Big In A Tiny House including the selfie made by Paul and Annett. Also be sure to visit Paul and Annett’s website Living Tiny and Green.
Below & Above: The exterior of their tiny home where you can see most of the off-grid technologies. The tiny greenhouse looking thing is the biogas generator.
Below: A view inside their tiny home.